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Last Updated: Friday, 29 September 2006, 08:44 GMT 09:44 UK
Albers retains drive with Spyker
Christijan Albers covers his ears during practice for the Chinese Grand Prix
Albers is pleased at the arrival of Mike Gascoyne as chief designer
Christijan Albers has confirmed he will drive for the new Spyker Formula One team during the 2007 season.

The former Midland outfit will drive under the Spyker colours for the first time in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

Their signing of former Renault and Toyota designer Mike Gascoyne was a key factor in Albers' decision to stay.

But there are doubts over the future of sporting relations manager Johnny Herbert after mixed messages from Spyker's senior management team.

Team boss Colin Kolles said Herbert would be leaving Spyker, but team director Michiel Mol said: "I have spoken with Johnny and somewhere in the next week or two we'll sit down and have a chat to see if there is a future on not."

Spyker will also announce a new engine package shortly, and Mol said he was happy with the team's progress and Albers' decision to drive for them.

"Naturally as a Dutch team we are delighted and proud to have a Dutch driver," Mol said.

"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."

Albers also expressed his pleasure at the way the team was shaping up.

"I am delighted with the new ownership and their commitment to the technical development of the team with the arrival of Mike Gascoyne.

"We already have the basis of a great team that is highly motivated and I'm really excited about next year."

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