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  Tuesday, 13 August, 2002, 11:49 GMT 12:49 UK
Davidson set for Minardi
Anthony Davidson in testing for BAR
Davidson can become the first Briton to drive for Minardi
Anthony Davidson is set to become the first Briton to race for Minardi at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old British American Racing (BAR) test driver will replace Malaysian Alex Yoong in Hungary and also in Belgium on 1 September.

A formal announcement is expected on Wednesday.


If I'm not in the car, it's still my responsibility to be in Hungary to help the team
Alex Yoong

Davidson, who was runner-up in last year's British Formula Three championship behind Jordan's current Japanese driver Takuma Sato, will partner Australian Mark Webber.

"I will be quite happy to qualify the car for Minardi and we can then see what happens after that," Davidson said on his website.

"Unfortunately I have never been to the Hungaroring circuit, so I have no idea what the track is like.

"And I will not have any opportunity to drive the Minardi before the first practice session, so it will not be easy by any means."

Speculation had been growing for some time that Yoong, who has regularly been some two seconds off Webber's pace, may lose his drive.

The 26-year-old has brought important sponsorship from Malaysia, but has failed to qualify for three races this season and was tipped to struggle at the twisty Hungaroring.

Yoong will now step into an intensive testing programme to rebuild his confidence and is likely to return for the final three races of the season.

"Alex will go into a busy test programme to figure out why he's lost confidence," a team source said.

Yoong confirmed that he would be available to drive in Hungary if required.

"I will definitely go to Hungary whether I drive or not.

"If I'm not in the car, it's still my responsibility to be there to help the team in whatever way I can. I am still employed by the team even if I'm not racing."

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