Yoong shocked by third DNQ

Minardi's Alex Yoong will watch Sunday's German Grand Prix from the sidelines after failing to qualify for his third race this season.

Yoong shocked by third DNQ

With Michael Schumacher lapping the new Hockenheim circuit at 1m14.389s, Yoong's goal was to get under 1m19.596s to be within the 107 percent qualifying rule, but the Malaysian missed out on Sunday's race by just two tenths of a second and was a little unsure why.

"To be frank, I'm as puzzled as everyone else why we were so slow today," said Yoong, who also missed out in the San Marino and British GPs. "I'm obviously very disappointed at the moment, not just for myself, but for the whole team, who did a very good job and put in a lot of hard work.

"It's been a hugely disappointing day, as this is not a circuit I expected qualifying to be an issue, especially after yesterday went so well," he continued. "We were quick without event trying then on old tyres. Unfortunately, in the morning session today, we didn't get the chance to use new tyres because we had a hydraulic problem, so the first time I used new tyres was in the qualifying session.

Yoong's team mate Mark Webber qualified on the back row for the race with a time of 1m17.996s, which he felt was about as much as he could get from the car.

"We maximized everything we could today," said the Australian. "This has proved to be a tough circuit for us, but now we will just concentrate on our preparations for tomorrow's race."

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