Alonso’s car takes a record-breaking – but controversial – second victory at Le Mans in the final hour of the race, over Toyota’s other hybrid prototype.
In the round-up: Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima stripped of Silverstone WEC win • Hulkenberg proud to earn drives on merit • IndyCar drivers keen to see Alonso switch
Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima shared victory as Toyota dominated the 86th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Fernando Alonso shared victory with Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima on his WEC debut despite a strong recovery drive by their Toyota team mates at Spa.
Toyota has confirmed Fernando Alonso’s World Endurance Champiuonship team mates will be former F1 drivers Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima.
The car Toyota would have raced in F1 this year has been driven by Kazuki Nakajima in Cologne.
Williams will retain its 2008 drivers for 2009 after confirming a contract extension for Kazuki Nakajima as predicted here earlier. With Nico Rosberg’s contract set to run until the end of next year it means the team’s race driver line-up is set.
In the half-term driver rankings I picked Kazuki Nakajima out as the most impressive rookie of the season so far. He has only started ten Grands Prix to date but has scored points on four occasions. Could he become the best Japanese driver since Takuma Sato?
Mark Webber has given an amusingly frank assessment of F1 rookies Nelson Piquet Jnr and Kazuki Nakajima. Asked how well his Red Bull team would fare compared to Renault and Williams he replied: We have two drivers. Williams and Renault have only one. We must extract the full potential from the current car as quickly … Continue reading Webber: Piquet & Nakajima are no use
With the season drawing ever closer there’s more activity on the F1 blogs – here’s 18 articles worth reading I came across this week. Read on for thoughts on the Renault launch, Kazuki Nakajima’s crash, Gilles Villeneuve and – as always – Lewis Hamilton.
Williams has announced that Kazuki Nakajima will race for the team in 2008 following his debut for the team at Interlagos last month.
Kazuki Nakajima will take Alexander Wurz’s place at Williams for the final race of 2007 following the Austrian’s retirement. Nakajima, 22, was the highest-placed rookie in F1’s feeder category GP2 this year. Driving for the DAMS team he ended the year fifth, and though he didn’t win a race he scored five consecutive podiums in … Continue reading Kazuki Nakajima to make F1 race debut
Kazuki Nakajima has forged close connections with Toyota – arch-rival of Honda, who his father was connected with in F1 in the eighties.