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Christijan Albers

Formula 1 employee

Christijan Albers
Credit: Caterham F1 Team
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Albers had a brief and less-than-stellar Formula One career in the mid-2000s, driving for Minardi, Midland and Spyker. He departed midway through the 2007 season, to try his hand at other racing series. In 2014, his relationship with Colin Kolles saw him brought in as managing director after the Caterham team were sold and a personnel reshuffle took place. He only lasted a couple of months, however, before claiming he'd step back again for personal reasons.

Biography

Albers had racing in his blood, as his father was a rallycross driver that had some national level results. Christijan made his way through karting and Formula Ford, up through Formula Three and Formula 3000 before joining the DTM series in Germany. His performances in the touring cars got him noticed, and he juggled the workload with a test driver role for the Minardi F1 team.

He was promoted to a full time F1 drive in 2005, and picked up his first and only points of his career at the ill-fated US Grand Prix that year. For the 2006 season, Albers switched to the Midland F1 team and remained with them when they transitioned into Spyker in 2007. However, midway through the season, his sponsorship money ran out and he was replaced by Markus Winkelhock for one race, and Sakon Yamamoto for the rest of the season.

In 2008, Albers returned to the DTM series and also participated in some sports car racing. He drove the Le Mans series for the Kolles team, racing in five different events. His relationship with Colin Kolles would see him part of the new management team that took over the Caterham F1 squad in spring 2014. With a mysterious consortium of owners, Albers was confirmed as the managing director, advised by Colin Kolles. He was at the helm of the team for a couple of months before leaving before the end of the season due to personal reasons.