One driver whose stock was undoubtedly raised through the inaugural A1 Grand Prix Series was Team Malaysia's Alex Yoong, who capped a successful debut season with a win in Sunday's sprint race at the Shanghai International Circuit in China.

Yoong, who did much to restore his somewhat tarnished reputation with a series of gutsy, fighting drives in the yellow Proton backed Malaysia entry, helped guide his home nation to a surprising fifth overall in the first World Cup of Motorsport and says that given a choice between A1 Grand Prix and Formula One, A1 would win in his book.

"You cannot compare F1 and A1GP, they are completely different," said Yoong shortly after his inaugural A1 win. "Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsport in terms of technology. It is about manufacturer against manufacturer, about engine deals and about money. A1GP is run by countries, the cars are identical, it is an equal playing field. The aim is to see which is the best team and driver, it is about the people.

"I would definitely stay in A1GP, it would have to be a good deal for me to move to F1. A very good deal!'

Yoong made eleven starts for the Minardi F1 team in 2002 with a best finish of seventh on his debut in Melbourne. In 2006 he will tackle the Le Mans Series with Jan Lammers' Racing for Holland LMP1 team.

 

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