Kazuki Nakajima: Kazuki Nakajima is a retired Japanese professional racing driver who raced for the Williams-Toyota team in Formula One from 2007 to 2009. He won the Super Formula Championship for TOM’S in 2012 and 2014.
Kazuki Nakajima Biography
Kazuki Nakajima Biography: Kazuki Nakajima was born in Okazaki, Aichi, on January 11, 1985. He is the son of military Formula One driver Satoru Nakajima. Daisuke, his younger brother, is also a race car driver. Nakajima began his racing career in 1996 when he began karting. He won the Suzuka Formula ICA karting championship three years later. Following some outstanding performances, Toyota recruited Nakajima as part of the company’s Young Drivers Program. Throughout his career, his father had received support from Toyota’s archrival, Honda. Nakajima felt that by joining Toyota, he could avoid charges his father had aided his career.
Kazuki Nakajima Wiki
|Date Of Birth||January 11, 1985|
|Birth Place||Okazaki, Japan|
|Net Worth||$5 Million|
Kazuki Nakajima Career
In November 2006, Nakajima was named a Williams test driver for the 2007 season, along with fellow test driver Narain Karthikeyan & race drivers Nico Rosberg and Alexander Wurz, with an eye toward a 2008 race seat. In wet conditions, Nakajima made his Formula One debut at Fuji Speedway in November 2006, completing four demonstration circuits. In 2007, Nakajima competed in the GP2 series for the DAMS team alongside 2005–06 A1 Grand Prix champion Nicolas Lapierre. Nakajima was also the test driver for Williams, achieving 7,000 kilometers of testing for the team.
Nakajima’s first season in GP2 ended with no victories but five consecutive podium finishes, and he completed the season as the best rookie. His fifth-place finish in the championship comfortably placed him ahead of Lapierre. Nakajima was assessed a drive-through penalty for causing a collision in Istanbul when he collided with race leader Karun Chandhok during the sprint race. Following Alexander Wurz’s retirement, it was announced on October 9, 2007, that Nakajima would compete for Williams in the season finale in Brazil. In the race, Nakajima finished tenth and recorded the fifth-fastest lap, faster than his teammate Nico Rosberg, who finished fourth.
Nakajima overshot his box during his first pit stop and struck two of his mechanics. The mechanics were transported to the hospital for precautionary examinations. Nakajima apologized for the error, saying, “First of all, I’d like to express my sincere regret that some of my mechanics were injured during my pit stop, and I hope they’re all right. It was a nice first race for me, although it was somewhat obscured.” Patrick Head remarked, “Kazuki performed well in his debut.” His lap times were terrific, and he has established himself as a future Formula One driver. Some of our mechanics were injured today; they are now undergoing examinations, and we wish them well.
In 2010 Williams signed Barrichello and Hülkenberg, leaving Nakajima without a seat. In January, however, rumors linked Nakajima to team Stefan GP, which had consolidated the Toyota F1 team’s remnants following the Japanese manufacturer’s withdrawal from the sport in late 2009. Stefan confirmed on February 19, 2010, that Nakajima was one of the team’s drivers, although the team did not have a Formula One entry for 2010. The FIA subsequently declared that Stefan GP could not enter the 2010 season at such a late date, leaving Nakajima without a Formula One drive.