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Ask the Expert - Williams' Kazuki Nakajima 03 Jul 2009

Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 20 June 2009 Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams FW31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 23 May 2009 Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Manor Motorsport, Sebastian Buemi (SUI) Carlin and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Carlin Macau GP Race 2, Guia Circuit, Macau, China, 19th November 2006. World © Patching/Sutton. Satoru Nakajima (JPN) Lotus Judd finished 4th. Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Australian Grand Prix, Adelaide, Australia, 5 November 1989. World © Sutton. Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams FW31 in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Race, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Sunday, 7 June 2009

In what record-breaking time did Usain Bolt complete the 100m run at last year’s Olympics? Who won the 2007 GP2 championship and how many points did he score? How many colleges are there at the famous Oxford University? And what is Japan’s best-selling pop song? These are just some of the questions we thought Williams’ Kazuki Nakajima would take in his stride after he agreed to be the latest participant in our personal trivia test, ‘Ask the Expert’...

Q: Frank Williams’ racing achievements are well documented, but in which sport did he excel at school?
Kazuki Nakajima:
I know that he did enjoy running in marathons but I don’t know if he took part in them when he was at school.
Incorrect - Williams actually excelled at rugby and represented the Scottish Schoolboy U15s.

Q: You finished the 2007 GP2 championship in fifth with a score of 44. Who won the series that year and how many points - to the nearest five - did he score?
KN:
The winner was Timo Glock and I think he scored 92 points.
Correct - it was Timo Glock, but he scored 88 points.

Q: At what race did your father Satoru score his first Formula One points?
KN:
It was in his second race at the 1987 San Marino Grand Prix.
Correct

Q: The Williams factory is based at Grove in Oxfordshire. What controversial building is located nearby?
KN:
No idea. The many pubs?
Incorrect - it’s Didcot Power Station, which has been the target of several environmental protests.

Q: You replaced Alexander Wurz at Williams. Wurz won this year’s Le Mans 24-hour race, alongside co-drivers Ferrari tester Marc Gene and Grand Prix veteran David Brabham. When did Wurz last win the event?
KN:
1996
Correct

Q: You are a fan of runner Usain Bolt. But in what time did he complete the 100m run at last year’s Olympics?
KN:
9.59?
Close, but incorrect- it was 9.69s.

Q: You live in Oxford. How many colleges are there at the famous Oxford University?
KN:
Way over 30…36 or 38?
Correct - there are 38 colleges and six permanent private halls.

Q: During his motorsport career, your team mate Nico Rosberg has won two single-seater championships. In which series?
KN:
German Formula BMW and GP2.
Correct - Rosberg won the German Formula BMW series in 2002 and the GP2 Series in 2005.

Q: You like the clothes of Paul Smith. As a child, what was Smith’s dream job?
KN:
I have no idea.
Incorrect - he wanted to be a racing cyclist.

Q: Your father runs the successful Nakajima Racing team. How many times has the team won the Formula Nippon championship? Can you name the successful drivers?
KN:
Three times. Once with Tom Coronel, once with Toro Takagi and once with Ralph Firman.
Correct - Tom Coronel in 1999, Toranosuke Takagi in 2000, and Ralph Firman in 2002.

Q: Although it was released back in 1975, what remains the best-selling Japanese pop song?
KN:
I am sure I know the song. What is it? Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun - I’m sure I know that one.
He might know it, but no points for Nakajima - it’s Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun by Masato Shimon.

Q: You are obviously a famous Aichi export. But can you name two others?
KN:
Toyota? They have their headquarters there as well as Denso.
Incorrect - we were actually looking for fireworks and hatcho miso, a dark soybean paste used in miso soup and other Japanese dishes.

Q: You are a fan of baseball. Which team won Japan’s 2008 Central League?
KN:
Yomiuri Giants...my favourite team!
Correct

Q: How many races, drivers’ titles and constructors’ titles have Williams won?
KN:
They've won the drivers’ championship seven times and the constructors’ championship nine times. And they've won many, many, many races - way over 100.
Correct - they have won 113 races, seven drivers’ championships and nine constructors’ championships.

Q: What was your father’s best Formula One performance?
KN:
Fourth at the 1987 British Grand Prix and he had the same result in 1989 in Adelaide.
Correct

Q: You finished seventh in the 2006 Formula Three Euroseries. Which two other current F1 stars were you up against that year and where did they finish?
KN:
Sebastian Vettel was second and Sebastien Buemi was 11th or 12th.
Correct - Sebastian Vettel was indeed second and Sebastien Buemi finished in 12th.

Q: Toyota test driver Kamui Kobayashi is one of your colleagues on the Toyota Young Drivers Programme. Which prefecture (ken in Japanese) in Japan does he come from and how many races did he win on his way to this year’s GP2 Asia title?
KN:
The prefecture is Hyogo and his wins…three?
One point, not two - he is from Hyogo prefecture, but he clinched two wins in Dubai and Bahrain.

Q: Only two Japanese drivers have set the fastest lap in a Grand Prix. One was your father, can you name the other?
KN:
Takuma Sato?
Incorrect - it was actually Masahiro Hasemi, for the Kojima team at the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix.

Q: At which race and with which team did your father set his fastest lap?
KN:
It was in 1989 at the Australian race in Adelaide in a Lotus.
Correct

Q: Your home country, Japan, is famous for sushi (raw fish with rice) and your adopted home country, England, is famous for fish and chips. Can you tell us what the best-selling type of fish is in England’s fish and chip restaurants?
KN:
Cod!
Correct

Final score: 24 points from a possible 33
Ask the Expert rating: 73%

Current leader board:
1. Heikki Kovalainen - 86%
2. Mark Webber - 84%
3. Kazuki Nakajima - 73%
4. Sebastien Buemi - 72%
5. Robert Kubica - 70%
6. Jenson Button - 69%
7. Giancarlo Fisichella - 68%
8. Nico Rosberg - 66%
9= Sebastian Vettel - 64%
9= Rubens Barrichello - 64%
11. Jarno Trulli - 58%
12. Nick Heidfeld - 57%
13. Adrian Sutil - 54%

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