Jordan has confirmed that DTM star Christijan Albers will test for the team at Jerez on December 1st. The test was originally scheduled for September but Albers postponed it so he could concentrate on the DTM season. The 25 year-old Dutchman...
Jordan has confirmed that DTM star Christijan Albers will test for the team at Jerez on December 1st. The test was originally scheduled for September but Albers postponed it so he could concentrate on the DTM season. The 25 year-old Dutchman visited Jordan's Silverstone headquarters for a seat fitting this week.
"Christijan is a quick and committed up-and-coming talent, as we've seen in German F3 and this year in DTM," said Eddie Jordan. "We have a mutual sponsor in Trust so we have been watching his career with interest. I have wanted to test him for some time so I am glad that the opportunity has finally come -- it's an exciting time for all of us."
Albers finished third overall for Mercedes in the DTM championship this season. He was runner up, or vice-champion as the DTM calls it, in 2003. Mercedes recently signed former F1 champion Mika Hakkinen to race in the German series next year, and rumour has it that Albers will be the one he replaces.
Jordan will test for four days at Jerez with an interim chassis and 2004 spec Cosworth engines. The team said other drivers for the test will be announced shortly. Jordan has been relatively rumour free where drivers for 2005 are concerned, but now the team has agreed an engine deal with Toyota and testing is about to start, no doubt that will change.
2004 driver Nick Heidfeld is to test with Williams, while Giorgio Pantano was dropped by Jordan towards the end of the season, reportedly due to problems with his sponsors. Third driver Timo Glock took over and Dutchman Robert Doornbos moved into Glock's seat.
Heidfeld is hoping for the Williams race seat but would take the test role if that was the offer. If neither is on offer we could see him back at Jordan. Albers has been linked with Jordan for some time, especially since team backer Trust became his personal sponsor early this year. Christijan has previously been a test driver for Minardi.