Having kept their cards close to their chest in practice, Malaysia came out all guns blazing in qualifying for the ninth round of A1 Grand Prix in Mexico City, Alex Yoong stunning his rivals by obliterating them by a considerable margin.

The second ever A1 pole for Malaysia and their first since last season's finale at China, Yoong had barely even featured during the practice sessions, the former Minardi F1 driver having merely felt his way round the track in the morning when electrical problems stymied his running on the first day of competition.

When it mattered though, Yoong fought back with a stunning time in the first segment that put him a massive six tenths up on the nearest competition and gave him a great foundation from which to work on for the rest of the session.

As it happens, while Yoong would not beat that time, he came close in segments two and three to once again record comfortably the best times of the day, so much so that pole position was all but sealed before the final session was underway.

Proving an unprecedented eight tenths quicker than second place man Christian Vietoris on aggregate, Yoong is now hoping the problems that hurt him in practice will not come back to haunt him come race day in his bid to add to his double win in Brno earlier this season.

"A great result today. The guys did a fantastic job on the car today. This morning we weren't on the pace, but we realised we had graining on the tyres, but we didn't panic and concentrated on qualifying, and the car was very strong. Now we just need to make sure the car is strong for tomorrow's race.

"We had a handling imbalance yesterday and this morning, and this grained the tyres, so we just couldn't go any faster, but we worked through this. Now, my hope is that we can win both races."

 

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