Yoong Begins Tests for Minardi

Malaysia's Alex Yoong will begin a series of test sessions today, in his bid to earn a drive for the Minardi Formula One team.

Yoong Begins Tests for Minardi

Malaysia's Alex Yoong will begin a series of test sessions today, in his bid to earn a drive for the Minardi Formula One team.

If he performs well in the test drives, the 24-year-old could race at the Hungarian Grand Prix in August, Malaysia's the Sun newspaper reported on Thursday, quoting Sports Minister Hishamuddin Hussein.

Yoong will have to prove himself by the time of his second test at Monza, on July 18-19.

"If he can satisfy the requirement of the Minardi team management and International Automobile Federation observers, Alex will have a really good chance of making it to the grid for the Hungarian GP," Hishamuddin said.

Six test drives are scheduled at different tracks in Italy in July, August and September, the newspaper said.

Minardi team boss Paul Stoddart met Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during a visit here last week. Stoddart said Yoong, now racing in Japan's Formula Nippon series, was one of several drivers Minardi were planning to test this month.

Last week Stoddart said: "It's well known Tarso is on a race by race deal. If the right driver comes along we will try him out."

Yoong applied for the necessary FIA superlicence two weeks ago, his manager Simon Munger told the Sun.

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