The greatest difficulty for me was to drive the Minardi PS with full confidence and with outright speed. During the first race in Australia , he was beset by gearbox problems in free practice and spun twice when caught out by a wet track. Yoong’s sponsors dropped out and his father was forced to fund his son’s racing activities until the family became indebted. But, Yoong miraculously recovered and once again closed on Lupberger. Homma told him he need to calm down and finish races and his father Hanifah encouraged him to take off the pressure. Retrieved 20 January His Formula Nippon career started disastrously at Suzuka after crashing his Reynard 99L Mugen at kph at the daunting R in qualifying and forced Yoong to miss the race.
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Archived from the original on 2 May Yoong drove at Eastern Creek to qualify ninth and finished eighth and fifth respectively.
He drove a Lotus 72 that was driven by Ronnie Peterson. In between this, Yoong raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
At the Lausitzring, Yoong started in 18th and charged up to seventh by the end of the first lap and ended up in sixth. Yoong worked for Lotus Racing as head of driver development and is also a commentator for Fox Sports Asia. Get Alerts Save Saved. Murray Walker, the doyen of all F1 commentators opined in Monza that, “I’m impressed by Yoong’s demeanour, calmness and eloquence.
Motorsport Network Buy tickets Store. I think Paul would strenthen his technical team even further and have more wind tunnel work done for the new car. Retrieved 23 May But inexperience shown by a crash at the fourth round at Donington  along with an uncompetitive chassis saw Yoong finish outside the top 10 of ales championship.
The decision came from the team electing to run Fairuz Fauzy. Yoong’s team manager, K. Retrieved 14 Malaysin He eventually finished seventh after being passed by Mika Salo. Retrieved 8 October He cited Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna as his racing heroes.
Despite this, Yoong qualified last at Long Beach and became the first retirement. Racing for HollandCharouz Racing System. What are his plans and schedule leading up to the start of the season?
Alex Yoong, during an interview before the Indian Grand Prixadmitting his foray in Formula One did not influence drivers in Malaysia . He subsequently went into Formula and managed to improve despite a horrific crash at Spa-Francorchamps during the season.
I must thank all my past and present sponsors, my government, my family and friends as well as all those who supported me who have all been part of making this possible. Alexander Charles Yoong Loong simplified Chinese: Several laps later, his brakes failed at Tosa and pitched him into the gravel. His first trial at Suzuka took place on 8—9 December malayeian by ex-Formula One driver Satoru Nakajima after Yoong akex a lap that made him fifth fastest out of The Minister of Youth and Sports, Dato’ Hishammudin had been fantastic in urging the support from the private sector to join me in this effort.
In other projects Wikimedia Commons. However because of the importance of I finishing my last race for this year, I am very happy to have kept the car going to the end.
He eventually finished on the final podium position in third. The journey to reach where Yoong is now can only be described as wlex and the journey to success in F1 is never expected to be any easier.
Yoong currently focuses on the development from drivers in Asia. Add that to the free engine deal malqysian Asiatech and we can see that i will certainly be an exciting year for the team next year. Oct 16, He secured his first pole and win in his fourth role and ended up winning two out of five races.
But I think that my technical input and feedback also contributed to a good working relationship with the team members.