The Lesser Known Christijan Albers 19 Mar 2007
By his own admission, Spyker driver Christijan Albers is not the easiest man to get to know. However, we did our best to delve beneath the surface of the cheetah-loving Schumacher fan
Q: What's in your garage at home?
CA: Two cars, two bikes, a scooter and two motorbikes.
Q: Tell us something we don't know about you.
CA: It takes a while before people really know me. With sponsors I can be quite open, but with other people I can be very closed - it will take some time before you'll really know me.
Q: Your favourite karaoke song?
CA: Eye of the Tiger by Survivor.
Q: What's the most unusual request you've had from a fan?
CA: Thankfully nothing too strange, they are usually fairly normal.
Q: Funniest thing you've read about in the press?
CA: The last one I read was what Jacques Villeneuve said about me. He said I was a nasty driver who fought like I was going for a win when I was fighting for 18th position. You know, that's what I get paid for - you fight for every position because you want to finish higher. If I didn't fight I might as well be at home watching a DVD with some cola and chips.
Q: Your most embarrassing moment?
CA: In 1997, in Formula Ford when it was a wet race and I came into the pits and crashed into the guard rail.
Q: When you're at home, what kind of music do you listen to?
CA: Bit of everything, R&B, rock - anything on the radio. I like U2, Usher, Beyonce, Madonna - most things.
Q: Best part of being a Formula One driver?
CA: Getting in the car and driving.
Q: Your most prized possession?
CA: My wife!
Q: What would you be if you weren't a racing driver?
CA: I set my sights on being a driver and when I make up my mind to do something that's the only focus. I didn't think of doing anything else.
Q: Person you admire?
CA: Professionally, it would have to be Michael Schumacher.
Q: Do you have any bad habits?
CA: I suppose you'd have to ask my wife! But I am too much of a perfectionist, which doesn't make life easy. Everything has to be perfect.
Q: Last good deed you did?
CA: I do a lot of work for the two charities I support. The first one is to save the cheetahs. I have a cheetah logo on my helmet and I do a lot to raise awareness of their situation - if we don't stop killing their environment and them then there won't be any left by 2010. I also support a motor neurone charity for people who can only communicate using a computer as they can't speak or move. It's not supported by the government so we have to raise as much awareness and support as we can by ourselves.