Sunday, November 26, 2006

A1 Grand Prix

A1 Grand Prix is the first opportunity in any area of motorsport for nations to compete on a level playing field. It is a series where technology and innovation are deliberately equalised and performance is determined by human bravery, skill and excellence. A1 Grand Prix is more than just another motorsport phenomenon; it's an entirely new sport - The World Cup of Motorsport. Pitting driver against driver and country against country for the first time in history, A1 Grand Prix will bring together 25 nations representing 80 per cent of the world's population to actively compete on a level playing field.

Today, Malaysia is hosting the 4th race out of a total of 12 races in a season. Malaysia has also sent a team to participate in this A1 GP where the lead driver is Alex Yoong (pic) with Fairuz Fauzy as the 2nd driver, a former Formula 1 driver for the Minardi team back in 2001. He didn't get to acclimatise himself well with the fast speed of Formula 1 and thus, faded out naturally the following year. He got in by virtue of the Malaysian government wanting a driver to represent the country. The government got a local corporate entity to sponsor Minardi with Alex Yoong packaged in. So he was pushed right up to the scale of motorsport when he's not ready for it. Back home, we Malaysians were so ashamed of his results, when you knew how he got into the scene.



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