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  Sunday, 1 September, 2002, 17:58 GMT 18:58 UK
Yoong axed for 2003
Anthony Davidson guides his Minardi around Spa
Davidson could be in line to replace Yoong
Alex Yoong has been dropped by Minardi for next season.

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart made the announcement after the Belgian Grand Prix but insisted the Malaysian could continue as a test driver in 2003.

The 26-year-old has struggled to make his mark in Formula One, failing to qualify for three races this season.

And he was replaced for the last two Grands Prix by Anthony Davidson.

Davidson is among those in contention for Yoong's seat next season.


I wouldn't rule out Anthony driving for us next year
Paul Stoddart on Anthony Davidson

Stoddart said: "Alex will be involved with us next year, he won't be racing but he will be involved with the team next year.

"He could be test driving.

"I'm a bit funny with drivers. Once they've driven for me, they sort of become a bit of the family.

"If Alex can get something else that he wants to do then I'll help and support him to do that."

Yoong will still race for the team for the final three races of the season, starting with the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on 15 September.

Davidson, meanwhile, has impressed in his two outings for F1's back-of-the-grid team.

And Stoddart said: "I wouldn't rule out Anthony driving for us next year - he's certainly done enough to justify his place in F1."

Mark Webber
Webber is expected to join Jaguar

He also has a chance at Toyota, who are looking for someone to partner new signing Olivier Panis next year.

"We have already spoken to him," Toyota team boss Ove Andersson told the Daily Mirror. "He looks very good.

"We believe (Panis) will give us a valuable input. The other driver should be someone who is young with potential and enthusiasm and Davidson certainly comes into that category."

Minardi are expected to lose Mark Webber to Jaguar for next season and both Davidson and fellow Briton Justin Wilson are in the frame for a drive.

Wilson was Stoddart's first choice to replace Yoong, but at 6 ft 3 in he was too tall to fit into this year's car.

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