Alex Yoong takes giant step to fulfill his dream

Malaysia's Alex Yoong, 24, is about to fulfill his 10 year old Formula 1 dream after the Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports, Dato' Hishammuddin met with Minardi's Sporting Director, Rupert Manwaring in his office today for an hour where he ...

Malaysia's Alex Yoong, 24, is about to fulfill his 10 year old Formula 1 dream after the Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports, Dato' Hishammuddin met with Minardi's Sporting Director, Rupert Manwaring in his office today for an hour where he pledged that the Malaysian Government is a 100% behind Alex.

Manwaring told the Minister that he had been monitoring Alex's progress for some time and that Alex is ready for the step into Formula 1.

Meanwhile Alex said that at the moment he could not say when he would be driving for Minardi because it was still a long way ahead and many details had to be worked out including getting the F1 racing licence "At the moment I still have a commitment...I am still driving in the Formula Nippon and my next race is on July 1," he said.

Alex hoped everything would go on smoothly and he would become a F1 driver.

"I'll probably start my first race next season but I hope it's sooner. If and when this drive comes about, it's not just Alex Yoong getting into a race car but a Malaysian getting into a F1 race car," he said.

He said a lot of people might not believe that a Malaysian can drive in F1.

"But from day one 10 years ago when I started driving, I have been saying to myself that it's not impossible for Malaysians to get into F1...its always possible for Malaysians to do whatever they want," he said.

Alex hoped other Malaysians would follow his footsteps and become a better driver than him.

Alex's manager, Simon Munger added that, "There's also the question of the super licence which is out of the hands of Minardi and Alex. But in order to apply to the FIA through the AAM, Alex will have to first receive an offer from a F1 team. With this offer in hand, we can now take the proper steps respecting the FIA Sporting Code and make the application to the Malaysian ASN."

All Malaysians are now holding their breadth for the day of seeing their Formula 1 hope, Alex Yoong take to the tracks in a Formula 1 car amongst the world's greatest drivers.

Malaysian Minister of Youth & Sports, YB Dato' Hishammuddin Tun MHussein, inardi's Sporting Director, Rupert Manwaring, anager of Alex MYoong, Simon Munger, alaysia's soon-to-be F1 driver, Alex Yoong

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Alex Yoong
Teams Minardi