CHRISTIJAN ALBERS SIGNS FOR SPYKER MF1 TEAM

Christijan Albers will drive for the Spyker M F1 Team in 2007. The 27 year old Dutchman, affectionately known as 'Mr Noisy' by team due to his non-stop verbal assault on the world both in and out of the car, becomes the first Dutchman to drive for a Dutch-owned team in Formula 1.

"This is just crazily exciting," said Albers. "First I get to keep my place in the team, then it becomes a Dutch team and, best of all, they've agreed to pay me! It doesn't get better than that going into the third year of my F1 career."

"Originally we thought we would just keep his fiancé Liselore and ask Christijan to go to the other end of the Paddock," said Spyker Team Principal Colin Kolles, "but then he started going quicker than we thought the car was capable of and he gained the upper hand in negotiations! He will be a married man next season so he will have two bosses to make sure he delivers!"

On a more serious note, Albers added: "Obviously I am delighted with the new ownership and their commitment to the technical development of the team with the arrival of Mike Gascoyne and the new engine package which will be announced shortly. We already have the basis of a great team that is highly motivated and I'm really excited for next year."

Michiel Mol (Director of F1 Spyker Cars N.V): "Naturally as a Dutch team we are delighted and proud to have a Dutch driver. Christijan has definitely earned his place in the team with some stirring performances which have more than justified the faith both I and his other sponsors have had in him during his career."

-credit: spyker mf1