Alex-Yoong.png Yoong.gif Full Name Alexander ‘Alex’ Charles Loong Yoong
Nationality Malaysian
Born 20 July 1976, Kuala Lumpur (MAS)
Died
Website Official Website
Twitter @alexyoong
Instagram
First Grand Prix 2001 Italian Grand Prix Last Grand Prix 2002 Japanese Grand Prix
Grands Prix 14 Non-starts 4 (3 DNQ; 1 DNS)
Wins 0 Podiums 0
Best Finish 7th, 2002 Australian GP Points 0
Fastest Laps 0 Best Qualifying 19/22, 2002 French Grand Prix
Retirements 8 Laps Led 0

Career Highlights

2001 Formula 1, Minardi European PS01, 3 races, 0 points, Not Classified
2002 Formula 1, KL Minardi Asiatech PS02, 11 races, 3 DNQ, 1 DNS, 0 points, Not Classified
2003 CART World Series, Dale Coyne Racing Cosworth Lola B02/00, 4 races, 4 points, 23rd overall
2005-6 A1 Grand Prix, Team Malaysia, 18 races, 1 win, 3 podiums, 74 points, 5th overall
2006-7 A1 Grand Prix, Team Malaysia, 22 races, 3 wins, 55 points, 6th overall
2007 24 Hours of Le Mans, Charouz Racing Lola Judd B07 LMP1, 8th overall (5th in LMP1 class)
2007-8 A1 Grand Prix, Team Malaysia, 14 races, 25 points, 15th overall
2012 Audi R8 LMS Cup, Audi GQ, 10 races, 3 wins, 6 podiums, 167 points, 3rd overall
2013 Audi R8 LMS Cup, Audi TEDA, 9 races, 5 wins, 7 podiums, 186 points, 2nd overall
2014 Audi R8 LMS Cup, Audi TEDA, 12 races, 5 wins, 7 podiums, 189 points, 1st overall

 

Alex Yoong, 2001 Japanese Grand Prix

Biography

Alex Yoong was a national water-skiing champion before he turned to four-wheeled competition in the mid-1990s.

After a steady but unspectacular rise through the junior ranks, he became Malaysia’s first F1 driver in 2001 when he made his Grand Prix debut for the Minardi team.

With his passage to F1 assisted by a multi-million-dollar sponsorship deal from the Malaysian government, Alex stayed on for the 2002 season as well.

Never given equal equipment to team-mate Mark Webber, he was unfairly portrayed as little more than a pay-driver, and was dropped for two races after he failed to qualify for the British and German Grands Prix. His best finish was seventh at the attrition-hit Australian Grand Prix, in which team-mate Webber finished fifth.

Ironically, it was after he was sidelined for two races that he showed a marked improvement in form, and qualified and raced much closer to Webber’s pace in his final F1 outings.

Post-F1, he competed briefly in the CART and V8 Supercars series’, before fronting Malaysia’s entry in the now-defunct A1 Grand Prix championship, in which he impressively won four races between 2005-8.

Alex worked with Team Lotus in the driver development programme, as well as commentating with ESPN and Star Sports. More recently, he returned to competition back on the waterskis, winning the gold medal in the overall waterskiing competition at the 2011 South East Asian Games.

Of late, he has found success racing in the Asian-based Audi R8 LMS Cup, winning the 2014 title.

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