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OCTOBER 16, 2005

Schumacher and Albers collide!

Michael Schumacher and Christijan Albers collided at speed as they were driving their cars to the grid before the start of the Chinese Grand Prix. Both cars were seriously damaged and both men will now switch to spare cars but will have to start the race from the pitlane. The rules state that "any driver who decides to use another race car or a spare car following the first qualifying practice session, and before the end of the pit lane is closed for the start of the race, must start the race from the pit lane".

Under these circumstances no restrictions on fuel load will be applied and tyres may be changed.