FNIPPON: Alex Yoong on the Malaysian GP race

Malaysian Grand Prix Is No Different Yoong: "All races are equally important to me." Alex Yoong doesn't feel that the Malaysian Grand Prix scheduled for the 17th of March should be any different from the rest of the races in so far as he is ...

Malaysian Grand Prix Is No Different
Yoong: "All races are equally important to me."

Alex Yoong doesn't feel that the Malaysian Grand Prix scheduled for the 17th of March should be any different from the rest of the races in so far as he is concerned.

"Every race is similarly important to me, wherever the race may be. And I must keep in mind that my priority is to do the job as best as I can in the car and not outside the car." Alex revealed at the launch of his newlook website at the All Stars Sports Cafe last night.

"Yes, the hype will be extraordinary and there would surely be more pressure on me from my supporters and sponsors to do well in Malaysia. But that kind of pressure should not affect what I need to do for each and every Grand Prix ahead of me this year."

"Perhaps, I will need to be in a lower profile for my home Grand Prix in order to not be distracted. My team and my management will ensure that and this may mean that I would not be as accessible as I normally am in Malaysia."

"Every driver would want to do well in their home event and I am looking forward to the Malaysian Grand Prix since the atmosphere is going to be fantastic and furthermore it will be my first real race in Malaysia in the 5 years since I left Malaysia to race in Europe in 1996."

When asked if he would be the number one or number two driver in his KL Minardi team, he said, "I don't know whether there's going to be such a thing, at least not for the first half of the season."

"Even if Frentzen (Heinz-Harald) or Verstappan (Jos) joins me in the team, we will be given the same treatment and equipment, I guess. It makes sense that one driver must support the other driver who is getting better results as the season progresses." added Alex.

Alex willl return to Italy today to prepare for a hectic testing month as the FIA's winter testing ban has been lifted from the 1st of Jan. Alex said he will be testing with the 2001 car initially and he only expects the new car to be ready sometime after the first week of February.

"I am looking forward to drive the car again, just to clear off the cobwebs accumulated from being two months away from it. Minardi is in a much better state of preparation this year as compared to past years and it will be really good to test the 2002 Minardi PS02 with all the new stuff and the new Asiatech engine in it."

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Series Formula 1 , Other open wheel
Drivers Alex Yoong
Teams Minardi