Yoong Will Not Race for Minardi in 2003

Malaysia's Alex Yoong will lose his Minardi Formula One drive at the end of the season, team boss Paul Stoddart said on Sunday.

Yoong Will Not Race for Minardi in 2003

Malaysia's Alex Yoong will lose his Minardi Formula One drive at the end of the season, team boss Paul Stoddart said on Sunday.

But he added that the 26-year-old, who last year became his country's first Grand Prix driver, would continue to have a role with the team.

"Alex will be involved with us next year, he won't be racing but he will be involved with the team next year," Stoddart said at the Belgian Grand Prix. "He could be test driving.

"I'm a bit funny with drivers. Once they've driven for me, they sort of become a bit of the family. If Alex can get something else that he wants to do then I'll help and support him to do that."

Minardi run a successful two-seater programme for sponsors, inviting guests to get a taste of Formula One, and Stoddart said Yoong would also be involved in that.

The Malaysian has failed to qualify for three Formula One races this season and has missed the last two, with Briton Anthony Davidson replacing him. Yoong is scheduled to return to Minardi for the last three races of the season, starting with the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on September 15.

He made his debut at Monza last September and has raced in 11 Grands Prix without scoring a point. His best finish was seventh in Australia last March.

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