Nakajima to return to Williams cockpit in China

Wed, 3 October 2007, 04:51

Williams test driver Kazuki Nakajima will return to the cockpit of the Grove based team’s FW29 in Shanghai on Friday.

The 22-year-old test driver, who has occasionally taken over one of Williams’ race cars for Friday practice this year, has sat out recent rounds as he concentrated on his GP2 commitments, where at Valencia last weekend he finished the season rookie of the year.

But on Wednesday, ahead of F1’s penultimate event of 2007 in Shanghai, the Japanese announced: “I’m driving the car during first practice on Friday.

“It’s very important that I do a good job for the team to help them prepare for Sunday’s race,” Nakajima added.

Nakajima, the son of former grand prix driver Satoru, finished his debut season in F1’s feeder series fifth in the championship, and has been linked with a race drive for 2008 with one of the Toyota-powered teams.

“I’ve learned a lot this year and whatever I end up doing in 2008 – formula one or another season of GP2 – the things I’ve learnt this year will stand me in good stead,” he said.

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