Nakajima stays at Williams for 2009

Kazuki Nakajima will spend a second F1 season at Williams in 2009

Kazuki Nakajima will spend a second F1 season at Williams in 2009

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.

Rosberg and Nakajima scored points in the Singapore Grand Prix last weekend but it has been a largely difficult year for the team. It has struggled to deliver on the promise it showed in testing and in the first race of the year at Melbourne, where Rosberg finished on the podium.

Rosberg has invariably been the quicker of the two but lost potential points on several occasions early in the season with a few crashes. Next season will be his fourth year with the team.

Nakajima has struggled to match Rosberg’s pace but has picked up points on several occasions and, crucially, enjoys the backing of Williams’ engine supplier Toyota.

Williams has also confirmed Nico H?â??lkenberg will remains as test driver for 2009. H?â??lkenberg is currently leading the Formula Three Euroseries for ART.

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16 comments on Nakajima stays at Williams for 2009

  1. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th October 2008, 14:18

    James – I think it’s partly because Williams were quite adamant about not taking pay-drivers in the past. The great irony about Kazuki Nakajima racing for the team this year is that 20 years ago Frank Williams refused to have his father in the team, which thier engine supplier Honda demanded. Williams lost their Honda engine supply partly as a result. Today they’re much more vulnerable and having the younger Nakajima in the team is essential to preserve their Toyota engine supply.

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