Christijan Albers and Minardi at Zandvoort
The Zandvoort DTM weekend crowds may look forward to witness an additional highlight: on Sunday afternoon, Dutch Formula One driver and former DTM ace Christijan Albers will complete several demonstration laps with the Minardi he also uses in the current Formula One season. Furthermore, a ride around the 4.307-kilometre Dutch circuit – in the passenger seat of a DTM car – will be raffled among all the spectators – and local hero Christijan Albers will be the driver. On Saturday already, Albers will enter the Radio Veronica stage for an autographing session.
L“I’m looking forward to returning to Zandvoort,” says Albers. “Here, I have begun my career. We will provide the spectators a great show and an entertaining weekend. The Zandvoort circuit in the dunes is an extraordinary race track as it’s very challenging and diversified. I’m looking forward to meet my Dutch supporters.”
In 1999, Albers secured the Formula 3 Championship title in superior style, and in 2001, he stepped up to DTM. There, he was on of the wild young guns, just as Gary Paffett or Mattias Ekström. In 2003, his first season as driver for the Mercedes works team HWA, he finished runner up, and in his last DTM season, 2004, he secured third place in the championship.
In 2005, the 26-year old Dutch succeeded in making it to the pinnacle of motor racing and contests the season for Minardi. And Christijan Albers wouldn’t be the first Formula One driver who uses the Italian team as a steppingstone to a great career. The current World Championship leader, Fernando Alonso, also made his first steps on the Formula One ladder behind the wheel of a Minardi.