Mike Gascoyne, chief technical officer at Spyker, is mystified over Albers’ bizarre pitlane accident.
Albers was in the middle of a pit stop, refuelling, when his lollipop man told him to get in gear, ready to leave the pit lane. The Dutchman jumped the gun and left the pits with the fuel hose still attached to his car, dragging some of his mechanics to the ground.
Luckily, there were no serious injuries – just a few bruises and scrapes – and no fire, however Gascoyne is unable to fathom quite what was going through Albers’ mind. Race stewards were also not amused by his actions, handing him a 5,000 Euros fine.
“I don’t know why he did that,” Gascoyne remarked. “Obviously he was frustrated by having to wait behind Adrian. But he would only have lost three or four seconds. It wouldn’t have been a disaster. Flicking the lollipop is just standard procedure – it tells him he has got three or four seconds before we release him. He’s an experienced driver – he should know what to do.
“Fortunately nobody was still on the car and the boys did a great job – there were a few grazes but the boys are all tough – and they did a great job for Adrian on the next pitstop. Well done to them.”