2008 F1 Season – Team Mates – Williams

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The strong showing of Williams cars during the tests were for me the highlight of the F1 winter. And then they revealed the classy livery Williams style … I am becoming Williams fan :-) . Let’s look at their drivers Rosberg and Nakajima, both of them sons of former Formula 1 drivers (Keke Rosberg and Satoru Nakajima):

Nico Rosberg – Germany
Born: 27 Jun 1985
In F1 since 2006 – Williams (testing with Williams since 2003)
Best Result: 9th in 2007
Career wins: 0
Pole positions: 0
Podium Finishes: 0
Fastest Laps: 1 (on his race debut)

Nico Rosberg started his F1 career with impressive fastest lap and 2 points on his race debut in 2006. He only went on to score 2 more for the rest of the season, season that was one of the worst ever for the Williams team. Last year was very different. Impressive in qualifying, regular in Q3, string of point finishes. And all in a car that probably should not be that high. No wonder he became the prime target for McLaren as replacement for Fernando Alonso. He however decided to stick with Williams for next 2 years. With what looks like a decent car in hand he can realisticaly think about few podiums this year. One of the things I am really looking forward to in 2008 is seeing Rosberg and Alonso in pretty much equal cars fighting it out on the track …

Kazuki Nakajima – Japan
Born: 11 January 1985
In F1 since 2007 – Williams – 1 race only Brazilian GP
Best Result: 10th place in his only race so far
Career wins: 0
Pole positions: 0
Podium Finishes: 0

Kazuki Nakajima jumped into the Williams F1 race seat after Alex Wurz decided to retire with one race to go last year. The team probably knew about this earlier. Perhaps because of that they placed Nakajima in one of Williams cars for the the free practice in China already (check my Shanghai 2007 photo gallery). Nakajima did pretty well on his race debut in Brazil. After qualifying on P17 only he climbed up the grid and finished the race 10th. Unfortunatelly for him, most people will remember his first F1 race for the famous pitlane incident :-) (see the video below the post). He definitely has something in common with Sato :-) . The fact that Williams selected him as race driver for 2008 season took many by surprise. The Toyota connection is thought to be the main reason and Williams are not exactly denying that. His winter form however shows that he is not that much slower than Rosberg. Whether he can keep his cool during the race that is another question.

F1Wolf’s prediction for Williams drivers in 2008:
No. 1 – Nico Rosberg, natural leader of the team with a chance of a podium finish
No. 2 – Kazuki Nakajima – will eventually emerge as number 2 driver, but he will give Rosberg run for his money. If he keeps cool head and has a bit of luck, who knows, we may see him on the podium. Alex Wurz made it last year in less competitive car …

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Check the rest of this post for Nakajima’s pit lane incident video


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  1. StewNo Gravatar says:

    I see Nico ahead of Kazuki. Nico is really motivated and so far has pushed hard. As F1Wolf says, he may be in the company of Alonso and will have a tasty carrot to go after.

    Kazuki has Frank Williams blessing, but I still think pressure will get to him and there will be bumps and bruises. He needs a little more seasoning to be consistent, I think.

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  2. BrunoNo Gravatar says:

    I too believe Nico will show good standing this year.
    He had a few good races last season but an unreliable car got him down.
    He has the gene of a champion in his blood and it won’t be long before he does show us some positive results. I predict a couple of podiums for him and 5-6- top 8 positions.

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