Newly appointed Williams tester Kazuki Nakajima has fired a warning shot at F1’s Toyota-powered grand prix pilots.
The 21-year-old Japanese said last Friday that he wants to make his race debut in 2007.
“I hope to achieve (that) in 2007,” Nakajima, whose father is former F1 driver Satoru Nakajima, told reporters.
Toyota-powered Williams’ race lineup for next year is Alex Wurz alongside Nico Rosberg, while the Japanese carmaker’s works single seaters are piloted by Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher.
And although some media outlets appeared confused about whether Nakajima was targeting next year or 2008 for his debut, a Toyota statement backed the more imminent of the dates.
The official ‘Toyota Young Drivers’ report quoted him as saying: “My ultimate goal is to be an F1 race driver and I hope to make 2007 a year to achieve my goal.”
Nakajima will also race for DAMS in GP2 in 2007.