Albers to test for Jordan

UPDATE This rumor is now 'fact.' Christijan Albers visited Jordan Grand Prix’s Silverstone factory this week for a seat fitting in preparation for a test with the team on December 1st at Jerez. In September, Albers postponed a scheduled test with the squad in order to focus on his DTM championship battle.

The 25-year-old Dutchman will begin Jordan’s first test session since the end of the 2004 season and the team will test for an additional three days in Jerez until December 4th with an interim chassis and 2004 specification Cosworth engines. The team will announce who is driving on the remaining test days shortly.

“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." Toyota will power the Jordan Ford team in the championship next season and the team are currently working on a chassis to house the Toyota powerplant.

Christijan Albers Career to date

1997: Champion – Dutch National Kart (ICA 100cc) – Champion – Formula Ford 1800 (Holland) – Champion – Formula Ford 1800 (Belgium) – Champion – Renault Megane Marlboro Masters.
1998: German F3 (5th place, 2 wins, 5 podiums)
1999: Champion – German F3 (6 wins, 10 poles)
2000: International F3000 (European Arrows)
2001: DTM Mercedes (best result 3rd in training, 2nd in race), best driver year old car FIA Formula One Test and Reserve driver – European Minardi F1
2002: DTM Mercedes in Team Rosberg, best driver year old car. Test driver KL Minardi F1 Team
2003: DTM Mercedes in Team HWA 1st win Adria, 2nd win Nürburgring, 3rd win Norisring, 4th win Zandvoort most victories in DTM championship 2003
2004: DTM Mercedes in Team DaimlerChrysler Bank AMG-Mercedes 1 win, 6 podium finishes, several fastest laps and lap records and 3rd in championship. Jordan

11/18/04 DTM driver Christijan Albers has had a seat fitting at Jordan prior to an expected pre-Christmas test. The Dutch driver has previously tested for Minardi and is close to Dutch computer manufacturer Trust. The company, which sponsored Jordan this season, is expected to pay for the test. Autosport Magazine

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