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Albers secures 2007 Spyker MF1 deal 29 Sep 2006

Christijan Albers (NDL) Spyker MF1 Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, 29 September 2006

Christijan Albers will continue racing for Spyker MF1 next season, it was announced in China on Friday. As a result, Albers will become the first Dutchman to drive for a Dutch-owned Formula One team.

“This is just crazily exciting” said Albers, “First I get to keep my place in the team, then it becomes a Dutch team and, best of all, they’ve agreed to pay me! It doesn’t get better than that going into the third year of my F1 career.”

Sportscar makers Spyker are in the process of completing their purchase of the Midland team and Albers has a longstanding relationship with new boss Michiel Mol, who was thrilled to have retained his services.

“Naturally as a Dutch team we are delighted and proud to have a Dutch driver,” said Mol. “Christijan has definitely earned his place in the team with some stirring performances which have more than justified the faith both I and his other sponsors have had in him during his career.”

Albers will form a key part of Spyker MF1's 2007 plans and the 27 year-old, known by as his colleagues as ‘Mr Noisy’, also revealed that the team will soon announce an engine-supply deal for next season.

“Obviously I am delighted with the new ownership and their commitment to the technical development of the team with the arrival of Mike Gascoyne and the new engine package which will be announced shortly,” added Albers. “We already have the basis of a great team that is highly motivated and I’m really excited for next year.”

Spyker MF1 currently run Toyota engines, with Portuguese driver Tiago Monteiro as Albers’ team mate.