Mechanics injured in eventful Nakajima debut 21 Oct 2007
Kazuki Nakajima's Formula One race debut must have been one of the most action-packed of all time. Nakajima, who replaced retired Williams driver Alexander Wurz for Sundays Brazilian Grand Prix, crossed the finish line tenth, but only after a fair share of drama.
The 22-year-old started the race down in 19th, but enjoyed a strong start at Interlagos, instantly taking several places. However, he then became embroiled in a first lap collision between Spykers Sakon Yamamoto and Renaults Giancarlo Fisichella, which dropped him back to leave him chasing countryman Takuma Sato in the Super Aguri.
My start itself was as good as the others around me, but I lost some positions because of the collision in front of me going into the first corner, explained the Japanese driver. I was then held up by Sato for quite some time before I could overtake him.
Nakajima began to make his way confidently through the field, but at his first pit stop he misjudged his pit box and ran over a couple of his crew. The injured mechanics, after completing the work on his FW29, were taken to the circuits medical centre for treatment.
I would say Im really sorry that some of my mechanics were injured during my pitstop and that I hope theyre okay, he said. It was a good first race for me but it was slightly overshadowed. I would like to thank the team for giving me this great opportunity.
Nakajimas team mate, Nico Rosberg, also enjoyed an eventful Brazilian race, battling with the BMW Saubers of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld for most of the 71-lap event. Rosberg eventually finished in fourth - the best result of his Formula one career to date.
I am very happy! said the young German. Thanks to my engineers who improved the car a lot throughout the weekend, their efforts definitely helped me out in qualifying and then in the race. The best thing is that this race was my personal best result which means I can go into the winter happy - thats going to be fun!
Rosbergs haul of five points ensured that Williams pulled away from Red Bull, who had threatened to overtake the British squad, in the constructors standings. Williams finished fourth on 33 points, with Red Bull fifth on 24.