|Full Name||Alexander ‘Alex’ Charles Loong Yoong|
|Born||20 July 1976, Kuala Lumpur (MAS)|
|First Grand Prix||2001 Italian Grand Prix||Last Grand Prix||2002 Japanese Grand Prix|
|Grands Prix||14||Non-starts||4 (3 DNQ; 1 DNS)|
|Best Finish||7th, 2002 Australian GP||Points||0|
|Fastest Laps||0||Best Qualifying||19/22, 2002 French Grand Prix|
|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 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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