Originally posted by DONUT KING
Yoong was outside the 107% time so will be interesting to see if he is allowed to race or not
He will not be allowed to start in San Marino
Minardi driver Alex Yoong, in his first full season in Formula One, failed to qualify fast enough to make the starting grid for the San Marino Grand Prix in his KL Minardi-Asiatech on Saturday.
His time of 1:27.241 was outside the cut-off limit for qualification set by the International Automobile Federation. All drivers must be within seven percent of the fastest time in a measure designed to avoid drivers holding up the race itself.
With world champion Michael Schumacher getting the pole position at 1:21.091, Yoong had to do better than 1:26.767. After the race the team officials for Minardi appealed to try to get Yoong into the race. However the stewards of the race said there were "no exceptional circumstances" to allow the Malaysian to start.
“I was a bit handicapped at the outset by never having driven this circuit in the dry,” Alex explained. “I felt I had it sorted out after the second 45-minute session this morning, but I under-estimated the levels of the grip available here in the dry. I'm particularly sorry for the guys who worked really hard to get me in the race."
In the first race of the year in Australia, Yoong was actually was 21st out of 22 drivers, because ******-Honda driver Takuma Sato was officially outside of the time limit because of an accident and rain. However Sato was permitted to race on that occasion and in contrast to Yoong his performance is improving - he qualified 14th for the San Marino race.