Alex Yoong, 2002

Former F1 driver Alex Yoong is celebrating his 35th birthday today!

A former national waterskiing champion, Alex competed in F1 with Minardi between 2001-2 after a succession of seasons in Formula Asia and F3000.

The perception that he was a pay driver should certainly be questioned, as there was clear evidence that he was given little opportunity to perform with equipment equal to his team-mates Fernando Alonso or Mark Webber during his stint with the Faenza team.

That he went on to perform very competitively in A1 Grand Prix – hardly a second-rate series – and win several races should be a testament to his skill behind the wheel.

Alex now works for Team Lotus as a driver development consultant, hoping to unearth the next Malaysian F1 talent.

[Image via Sutton Images]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

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