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 the middle of the year.
He beat team mate Nicolas Lapierre, who was in the category for the third year.
He has also been Williams’ test driver this year, appearing on five occasions for the team as Friday driver and covering 7,000km of testing. He is backed by Toyota, whose engines Williams use.
Nakajima, 22, is the son of former F1 racer Satoru Nakajima, who drove for Lotus and Tyrrell in the 1980s and 1990s. He will join the likes of Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve as being a son of an F1 driver to race in the sport himself.
Satoru Nakajima drove in 80 Grands Prix with a best finish of fourth (twice) and one fastest lap.
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