Kazuki Nakajima (Japanese中 嶋 一 贵, Kazuki Nakajima, born January 11, 1985 in Okazaki ) is a Japanese racing driver. He started from 2007 to 2009 for the British team Williams in Formula 1 since 2011, he takes in the Formula Nippon and Super GT. In 2012, he takes also part in the FIA World Endurance Championship ( WEC).
Nakajima is the son of former Japanese Grand Prix driver Satoru Nakajima and a total of seven Japanese so far in Formula 1, won the world championship points. His younger brother, Daisuke is also a racing driver.
- 2.1 Career stations
- 2.2 Statistics in Formula 1 2.2.1 Individual Results
Beginnings in motorsport (1996-2007)
Nakajima began his motorsport career in 1996 with the karting and won in 2002, the Japanese championship. The following year he moved to Formula racing and drove in Formula Toyota, which he won in straight away. In the following two years Nakajima drove in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship. After he is in his first season with two wins fifth overall, in 2005 he was runner-up in this series. He also competed in the Super GT and served with a GT300 GT300 win eighth in the standings. Nakajima was included in the Toyota Young Driver Programme ( TDP) and drove in the 2006 Formula 3 Euro Series, where he finished starting for Manor Motorsport in the championship in seventh place.
2007 moved Nakajima in the GP2 Series for the DAMS team French. Although he did not win a race, he scored more points than his more experienced team-mate Nicolas Lapierre. With a total of six podium places at the end of the season, he finished sixth overall.
Formula 1 (2007-2009)
In addition, he was already at the beginning of the season as a test driver of the British Formula 1 team Williams committed in 2007, where he played the last race of the season after the resignation of Alexander Wurz and thus made his Formula 1 debut. He finished in tenth place and finished the season in 22nd place overall.
Shortly afterwards, Williams was officially announced that Nakajima will deny as a team driver Nico Rosberg alongside the 2008 season. Already at the first race of the new season in Australia Nakajima took sixth in his first points in Formula 1 in the rest of the season he did not indeed with his teammate Rosberg, but he managed to retract more points. Thus Nakajima finished the season with nine points to 15th place in the Drivers' World Championship, and was thus two places behind Rosberg.
2009 remained Nakajima and Rosberg at Williams. While Rosberg demonstrating the potential of the Williams race cars, Nakajima only held from time to time in training with his team-mate with. In the races he failed to score points, although Williams had built a better car compared to the previous season. His best finishes were two ninth places. At season's end Nakajima Williams had to leave.
Return to Japan and debut in the WEC (2011 - )
After Nakajima had participated in any racing series 2010, he moved in 2011 to Petronas Team TOM 'S in Formula Nippon. His teammate was André Lotterer. While Lotterer to a race did not start, winning five of seven races, Nakajima decided a race for himself and finished every race on the podium. He finished the season with 42 to 56 points in second place behind Lotterer. In addition Lotterer and Nakajima formed a team in the Super GT. There, the two reached the eighth place overall.
2012 remained Nakajima in Formula Nippon at Petronas Team TOM'S. He won the season opener at Suzuka. After the fourth race he was leading the championship. In addition, Nakajima occurs again in the Super GT. In this Nakajima was after the third race in seventh place. In addition, Nakajima was taken in 2012 by Toyota Motorsport in their squad for the FIA World Endurance Championship ( WEC). He made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His teammates are Lapierre and Wurz.
- 2006: Formula 1 ( test driver )
- 2007: GP2 Series ( 6th place)
- 2007: Formula 1 ( 22nd place)
- 2008: Formula 1 ( 15th place)
- 2009: Formula 1 ( 20th place )
- 2011: Formula Nippon (2nd place)
- 2011: Super GT (8th place )
- 2012: Formula Nippon
- 2012: Super GT
- 2012: WEC