Happy Yoong Confident for Qualifying

Malaysian Alex Yoong is confident of qualifying for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix after a promising display in today's practice sessions.

Happy Yoong Confident for Qualifying

Malaysian Alex Yoong is confident of qualifying for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix after a promising display in today's practice sessions.

The Minardi driver, who became the first Malaysian to compete in Formula One exactly a year ago in Italy, finished at the bottom of the times in today's session, but only two tenths slower than teammate Mark Webber and well inside the mandatory 107 percent time.

"It has been a good day," said Yoong, who was replaced by Briton Anthony Davidson in the last two races. "I felt comfortable in the car and it was good to be out there again. I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be quick tomorrow.

"We made a change to the car this afternoon, which made it very nervous, and I had a spin as a result. I couldn't get the car going again, so had to sit out the remainder of the second session. Other than that, things went well."

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart, who earlier this month said that Yoong will not be racing for the team next season, was happy to see the two-race break paid off for his driver.

"Impressively, Alex's quickest time today also represented an improvement of over a second compared with his qualifying time at Monza in 2001," said Stoddart. "It suggests that the break he took from F1, followed by the test here last week, have been beneficial for him."

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