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Albers to blame for Spyker fuel-hose drama 01 Jul 2007

Christian Albers (NED) Spyker F8-VII retires with the fuel hose still attached to the car.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Race, Magny-Cours, France, Sunday, 1 July 2007 Christian Albers (NED) Spyker F8-VII retires with the fuel hose still attached to the car.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Race, Magny-Cours, France, Sunday, 1 July 2007 Adrian Sutil (GER) Spyker F8-VII leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2007.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Race, Magny-Cours, France, Sunday, 1 July 2007

Spyker’s Christijan Albers admitted he was at fault after he pulled away from a pit stop with the fuel hose still attached to his car during Sunday’s French Grand Prix. The incident forced him to pull off the track and retire on lap 28 at Magny-Cours.

Radio problems meant Albers and team mate Adrian Sutil had pitted on the same lap. The Spyker crew managed to service Sutil before Albers arrived, but the Dutchman exited while the lollipop was still down. The fuel hose dragged a mechanic off his feet, but fortunately no one was injured in the incident.

“I think I just made a mistake in the pits, I thought the lollipop was going up,” said Albers. “It was quite chaotic as Adrian had just been in the pits, but more on my side and I just drove away. I am pleased that the guys are OK; this is the first time in my life that this has happened, and hopefully the last.”

It was a bad race all-round for Spyker. Sutil was forced to start in the spare car after a problem on the grid and the German then picked up drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane. He eventually finished 17th, two laps down on the leaders.

“I am not happy and we have to learn from the mistakes that were made today,” concluded team principal Colin Kolles.