One hopes the rather moody former Grand Prix driver Christijan Albers will crack a few smiles today, as it’s his 33rd birthday!
An impressive performer in the European junior scene, Dutchman Christijan Albers’ rise to Formula 1 also came via a stint in the DTM series, where he finished as the championship runner-up in 2003.
In the latter stages of his DTM career, Albers was also on the books as a little-used Minardi test driver, but he was appointed to a full-time race seat for the team’s final season in 2005.
He performed solidly in the little-funded and developed PS05, but Minardi’s buy-out by Red Bull meant that he wasn’t considered in the team’s plans for 2006, and so he moved to the Midland squad for 2006. This later became Spyker in 2007, and he was dropped mid-season when his sponsorship ran dry.
Albers returned to the DTM scene and now races in the Le Mans Series.
You can also check out our two ‘Top-10’ Countdown articles that feature Christijan’s antics – click on the thumbnails below…
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[Images via Christijan Albers, LAT, Sutton Images, The Cahier Archive, XPB]