Kazuki Nakajima

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Kazuki Nakajima
Kazuki Nakajima 2009 Motorsport Japan 1.jpg
Nationality Japan Japanese
Date of birth 11 January 1985 (1985-01-11) (age 29)
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 2007-2009
Teams Williams
Races 36
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 9
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2009 position 20th (0 points)
In this Japanese name, the family name is Nakajima.

Kazuki Nakajima (中嶋 一貴 Nakajima Kazuki?, born January 11, 1985) is a Japanese professional athlete. He is best known as a Formula One racing driver. He drove for the Williams-Toyota team from 2007 to 2009. Prior to that he had been their test driver. He has also competited in the GP2 Series for the DAMS team. For 2010, Nakajima had signed with Stefan GP. He as to be one of their race drivers. Stefan GP was not accepted as an entrant in the Formula One world championship.[1]

Early life[change | edit source]

Nakajima was born in Okazaki, Aichi, Japan.[2] He is the son of the retired Formula One driver Satoru Nakajima.[3] His younger brother, Daisuke, is also a racing driver.[4]

Racing career[change | edit source]

Pre-Formula One[change | edit source]

Nakajima started his career in racing in 1996, when he started karting. His father had been backed by Toyota's arch-rivals Honda through his career. Nakajima hoped that by joining Toyota he would shield himself against any claims that his father had promoted his career.[5]

In 2002, Nakajima won a scholarship in Formula Toyota, which he became champion in a year later. He progressed onto Japanese Formula Three in 2004, winning two of the 20 races and finishing fifth in the Drivers' Championship. Nakajima stayed in Japanese Formula Three for 2005, finishing second. He also raced in the Japanese GT300 sports car series, where he ended the year eighth.[5]

Nakajima moved to the Formula Three Euroseries in 2006. He finished seventh with 36 points.

Nakajima driving the Williams Williams FW29 at the 2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

In November 2006, Nakajima was named a Williams test driver for the 2007 season. Nakajima's debut in a Formula One car came at Fuji Speedway during November 2006, where he completed four demonstration laps in wet conditions.[6]

Nakajima raced in the GP2 series in 2007 for the DAMS team. Nakajima also served as Williams' test driver, completing 7,000 km of testing for the team.[7]

Nakajima's first year in GP2 finished with no wins, but five consecutive podiums and ended the year as top rookie.

Formula One[change | edit source]

Nakajima driving in the rainy practice session during the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix.

It was announced on 9 October 2007 that following the retirement of Alexander Wurz, Nakajima would race for Williams in the season finale in 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix.[8] Nakajima finished tenth in the race. He set the fifth fastest lap – quicker than his team-mate Nico Rosberg, who finished fourth.

On 7 November it was confirmed by Williams that Nakajima would partner Rosberg at the Williams team for the 2008 season.[9] He had a successful start to 2008 at the Australian Grand Prix. He finishing seventh but promoted to sixth after Rubens Barrichello was disqualified. He then finished seventh in the Spanish Grand Prix. Nakajima scored two points at Monaco. He was the first Japanese Formula One driver to scored a point at Monaco.[10] Nakajima scored again at the British Grand Prix. In Singapore, Nakajima made it to the third qualifying round for the first time. He qualifyed 10th and finish eighth and scored a point.

Nakajima driving for Williams at the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix.

Nakajima was retained by Williams for the 2009 season. At the Australian Grand Prix he crashed into the wall at turn six, putting him out of the race. Nakajima also retired at Bahrain. He crashed two laps from the end of the Monaco Grand Prix whilst running in 10th place. At the British Grand Prix, Nakajima qualifying in an fifth place, hi highest starting spot. Nakajima finished the season without scoring a single point.

Williams signed Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hülkenberg for 2010, leaving Nakajima without a seat. Stefan GP announced on 19 February 2010 that Nakajima was one of the team's drivers.[11] Strefan GP was built from the remains of the Toyota F1 team. Toyota had withdrawn from F1 in late 2009. Stefan GP did not have an entry to the 2010 Formula One season. The FIA ruled that Stefan GP could not be entered for the season at such a late stage. That left Nakajima with no ride in Formula One for 2010.

Racing record[change | edit source]

Career summary[change | edit source]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2003 Formula Toyota  ? 10 3 3 134 1st
2004 All-Japan Formula Three TOM'S 20 2 2 138 5th
Macau Grand Prix TOM'S 1 0 0 N/A 13th
Bahrain F3 Superprix TOM'S 1 0 0 N/A 7th
2005 All-Japan Formula Three TOM'S 20 3 2 209 2nd
Macau Grand Prix TOM'S 1 0 0 0 5th
Super GT (GT300) Kicchouhouzan with apr 7 0 1 52 8th
2006 Formula Three Euroseries Manor Motorsport 20 0 1 36 7th
Macau Grand Prix Manor Motorsport 1 0 0 N/A NC
Masters of Formula Three Manor Motorsport 1 0 0 N/A 26th
2007 Formula One Williams 1 0 0 0 22nd
GP2 Series DAMS 21 1 0 44 6th
2008 Formula One Williams 18 0 0 9 15th
2009 Formula One Williams 17 0 0 0 20th

Complete GP2 Series results[change | edit source]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2007 DAMS BHR
FEA

17
BHR
SPR

6
ESP
FEA

15
ESP
SPR

7
MON
FEA

10
FRA
FEA

17
FRA
SPR

6
GBR
FEA

3
GBR
SPR

3
EUR
FEA

3
EUR
SPR

3
HUN
FEA

2
HUN
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

6
TUR
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

DSQ
ITA
SPR

18
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

9
VAL
FEA

3
VAL
SPR

7
6th 42

Complete Formula One World Championship results[change | edit source]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Points
2007 AT&T Williams Williams FW29 Toyota RVX-07 2.4 L V8 AUS
TD
MAL
TD
BHR
ESP
MON
CAN
TD
USA
TD
FRA
GBR
EUR
HUN
TUR
ITA
BEL
JPN
CHN
TD
BRA
10
22nd 0
2008 AT&T Williams Williams FW30 Toyota RVX-08 2.4 L V8 AUS
6
MAL
17
BHR
14
ESP
7
TUR
Ret
MON
7
CAN
Ret
FRA
15
GBR
8
GER
14
HUN
13
EUR
15
BEL
14
ITA
12
SIN
8
JPN
15
CHN
12
BRA
17
15th 9
2009 AT&T Williams Williams FW31 Toyota RVX-09 2.4 L V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
12
CHN
Ret
BHR
Ret
ESP
13
MON
15
TUR
12
GBR
11
GER
12
HUN
9
EUR
18
BEL
13
ITA
10
SIN
9
JPN
15
BRA
Ret
ABU
13
20th 0

References[change | edit source]

  1. Rencken, Dieter; Elizalde, Pablo (2010-02-19). "Stefan GP fires up Formula 1 car". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81593. Retrieved 2010-02-19.
  2. DriverDatabase.com, Kazuki Nakajima; retrieved 2012-7-22.
  3. DriverDatabase.com, Satoru; retrieved 2012-7-22.
  4. DriverDatabase.com, Daisuke Nakajima; retrieved 2012-7-22.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Meet the rookies: Kazuki Nakajima". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2007. http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2007/09/05/meet-the-rookies-kazuki-nakajima/. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  6. "Nakajima makes F1 debut with Williams" F1Racing.Net. Retrieved 27 November 2006
  7. "Kazuki Nakajima to make F1 race début". F1Fanatic.co.uk. 2007. http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2007/10/09/kazuki-nakajima-to-make-f1-race-debut/. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  8. "Williams confirm Nakajima for Brazil". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 2007-10-09. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/63168. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  9. Benson, Andrew (2007-11-07). "Nakajima secures Williams drive". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/7082472.stm. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  10. "【F1】一貴“納豆走法”で7位!モナコで日本人初入賞" (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. 2008-05-26. http://www.sanspo.com/sports/top/sp200805/sp2008052615.html. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  11. "Double R sign Daisuke Nakajima". autosport.com. 2009-02-27. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/73452. Retrieved 2009-03-04.

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