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Nakajima sets his sights on a race seat for 2008 10 Nov 2006

Kazuki Nakajima is announced as an official Williams test driver. 8 November 2006. © WilliamsF1

Kazuki Nakajima, who was appointed as an official Williams’ tester earlier this week, revealed on Friday his hopes for a race seat in 2008. Nakajima, who competed in the Formula 3 Euro Series this year, will be the first graduate of Toyota’s Young Driver programme to enter Formula One racing.

“I will have the opportunity to drive as a test driver and hope to contribute to the team while gaining experience,” explained Nakajima. “My ultimate goal is to be an F1 race driver and I hope to make 2007 a year to achieve my goal.”

Nakajima will work alongside race drivers Nico Rosberg and Alex Wurz, as well as fellow tester Narain Karthikeyan, on the development of the Toyota-powered FW29. He is expected to start contributing to Williams’ on-track testing programme before the end of the year.

The 21 year-old Japanese driver will combine his new role at Williams with a drive for the DAMS team in GP2 next year.