So, congratulations are in order Kazuki! You must be very excited about driving in Brazil?
I’m really excited, and I have to say many thanks to the team for giving me this opportunity. Now, I’m just really looking forward to getting to Brazil and making the most of it.
I’m quite relaxed at the moment, but there’s still plenty of time to get nervous!
How did you feel when you took the call?
I had mixed feelings, I suppose. In one respect, I was really happy and excited because it’s a dream come true, but the sport has also lost a great driver in Alex Wurz and I know the team were all very fond of him. Patrick told me the news;
I haven’t spoken to Frank yet but I’m looking forward to a conversation with him this week before the race. They aren’t putting any pressure on me, they’ve said it’s not a test for a seat next year, it’s just this race.
Interlagos is quite a challenge, how are you preparing for it?
I’m spending a day at the factory this week on the simulator, and with the engineers talking everything through. It’ll be my first time racing on the track and many people have told me it’s very bumpy. It’s also ant-clockwise, so I’ve just been clocking the miles on the sim in preparation.
Fortunately, I have quite a lot of time before the race so I can be well prepared. As you mentioned, Brazil is an anti-clockwise circuit and therefore something of a greater challenge.
Are you making more trips to the gym than usual?
Definitely. I’m putting the hours in and training a lot harder than usual to give myself the best possible chance. I’m really working on the left hand-side of my neck as well.
I’m not sure quite how tough it’s going to be, but I imagine it’s going to be a real challenge so I’m really pushing as hard as I can on my preparation work.
Xevi Pujolar will be your race engineer, have you worked together in the past?
Xevi was my engineer when I drove in the US and in Malaysia for Friday’s free practice. We’ve also done a couple of tests together so we know each other well and have a good working relationship which will stand us in good stead straight away.
What expectations are you placing on yourself for the race?
At the moment, I’m not laying any goals out for myself. If I can get points it would be great but I know it’s not that easy. I will just do my best. The most difficult aspect will be qualifying.
When I watched it in China, it was just so competitive. I’ll be concentrating hard to get through to Q2, but even that is a challenge. I’ll just take one step at a time.
Are you flying out early to acclimatise?
I’m flying out on Friday night and arrive on Saturday morning. On Sunday, I’m involved in a PR event in Rio for Petrobras which will give me a good chance to spend some time adapting to the time difference.
It’s my first trip to Brazil and I’ll get to experience two of its best cities while I’m there which I’m really excited about.
Your father raced in Formula One for five seasons, what was his reaction to the news?
He sounded like he was quite happy! Strangely enough, he made his debut in Formula One in Brazil as well, not on the same track, but it was 20 years ago this year. He also finished seventh.
If I could do that it would be two points and a great result for me and for the team in their fight for fourth in the Constructors’.
He won’t be coming to the race because he has commitments with his racing team in Japan, but I’m sure he’ll be watching.
You had a good season in GP2 this year and you’ve just been named Rookie of the Year. Do you feel it’s given you a solid grounding for F1?
It was a really good season for me, but it wasn’t perfect. I missed out on a lot of points, particularly in Monza and at Spa, but before that I had been on the podium quite a few times. One of the highlights was the last race in Valencia when I was in pole position.
I didn’t win the race, unfortunately, but it was great to be on pole for the final round. Finishing the season as Rookie of the Year was also a great way to end.
I’ve definitely learnt a lot from GP2, above all it’s allowed me to improve my race craft and I’ll be drawing from that in Brazil.
The AT&T Williams team today confirmed that Kazuki Nakajima will race for the team in the final Grand Prix of the 2007 season at Interlagos in Brazil in a fortnight’s time.
The 22-year old Japanese driver, this year’s GP2 series Rookie of the Year, is the team’s officia weiter >>
On a historic day in Formula One that saw 7 time World Champion Michael Schumacher retire from the sport; Spyker MF1 Team closed the book on their own season with two more race finishes.
The bright and breezy conditions in Sao Paulo mixed with a hugely passionate crowd to watch Brazilian Felipe Massa win on home soil. The Spyker MF1 M16 car again showed its competitive po weiter >>
Großer Preis von Brasilien18. Lauf zur Formel 1-WeltmeisterschaftDoppelter Titelgewinn für Michelin PartnerAlonso und Renault F1 Der Grand Prix-Auftakt ließ an Dramatik nichtszu wünschen übrig Michelin Partner BMW Sauber gewann dasDuell um Rang fünf der Marken-WM weiter >>
Sunday, 22 October 2006
TONIGHT'S PARTY TACTICS FOR GIRLS
DAVID COULTHARD, (Finish Position DNF, Start Position: 19th)
"I had a gearbox problem. Initially I thought it was the clutch, as it started to slip coming out of Turn three, bu weiter >>
Get on with your work, as there are only a few hours to go to our end of year party and you don't want to miss it.
Scott Speed: "A decent race, we were a lot more competitive than we thought we were going to be. I was surp weiter >>
Brazil, Sunday 22nd October 2006
Kimi Raikkonen, MP4-21 05 Pedro de la Rosa, MP4-21 04 T-car (Kimi), MP4-21 07 Spare car, MP4-21 06
Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Pedro de la Rosa finished today's 71-lap Brazilian Grand Prix in fifth and eighth place resp weiter >>
Wetter: trocken, sonnig, 23-25°C Luft, 34-46°C Asphalt
Interlagos (BRA). Das BMW Sauber F1 Team freut sich über den fünften Platz in der Konstrukteurs-Weltmeisterschaft, den das Team im Finale seiner ersten Saison in São Paulo unter Dach und Fach brachte. Beim Großen Preis weiter >>
SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER 2006
Interlagos, (BRA) 4.309km / 2.677miles71 laps = 305.909kms / 190.067 milesDry and sunny with scattered cloudair 22-25°C, track 30-46°C
1 F Massa Ferrari (B) 1 1:12.877, lap 23
2 F Alonso Renault F1 (M) 4 1:12.961, lap 70
Sunday 22 October 2006
Panasonic Toyota Racing suffered a desperately disappointing end to the 2006 season after both Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli retired from promising positions in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. Both drivers made strong starts, with Jarno winn weiter >>
Weather Warm and sunnyAir: 22-24°C | Track: 30-45°C
The Honda Racing F1 Team ended the 2006 Formula One season on a high note today, when Jenson Button drove a stunning race at Interlagos to finish third. It was his third podium of the year and his seventh consec weiter >>
1 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 71 Winner 1 10
2 1 Fernando Alonso Renault 71 +18.6 secs 4 8
3 12 Jenson Button Honda 71 +19.3 secs 14 6
4 5 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 +24.0 secs 10 5
5 3 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 71 +28.5 secs 2 4
Recent wet and overcast conditions at the Interlagos circuit cleared today for a warm and sunny Saturday track programme. Spyker MF1 Team failed to match the brighter outlook as they experienced a problematic qualifying session.
Having enjoyed some promising performance so far this weekend Tiago Monteiro was expecting a strong grid position. Unfortunately he spun early i weiter >>
Weather: Dry, mostly sunny, 21°C Air, 32-37°C Track
Interlagos (BRA). In the18th and final qualifying session of the season both BMW Sauber F1.06 made it into the top ten for the seventh time. Nick Heidfeld made it into the top ten for the tenth time in total and the fifth in a row. Robert Kubica has now managed this in five out if his six qualifyings. For the Brazilian weiter >>
Interlagos, Brazil, Saturday 21st October 2006
Kimi Raikkonen, MP4-21 05 Pedro de la Rosa, MP4-21 04 T-car (Kimi), MP4-21 07
Spare car, MP4-21 06
Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix from the front row of the grid having qualified second with a lap time of 1:11.299. Pedro de la Rosa wi weiter >>
Brazilian Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up
Saturday 21 October 2006
Panasonic Toyota Racing will start the final race of the 2006 season from a very promising position after Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli both qualified in the top 10 for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. After their double points finish on home ground in Japan tw weiter >>
It's STILL the Final Countdown to our end of year party and the more observant of you will see we are now 24 hours nearer our big bash in Morumbi.
Tonio Liuzzi: "Getting through to the second part of qualifying has always been difficult for us. This time I did it, despite a few problems with my traction control and weiter >>
SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2006
Interlagos, (BRA) 4.309km / 2.677milesDry with scattered clouds, air 21-22°C, track 29-37°C
1 F Massa Ferrari (B) - - 1:10.680 2 K Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes (M) - -1:11.299 3 J Trulli Toyota (B)-- 1:11.32811 M Webber WilliamsF1 (B) 1:11.973 (7th) 1.11.650-13 N Rosberg WilliamsF1 (B) 1.11.974 (8th) 1.11.679 weiter >>
Saturday, 21 October 2006
Let us help you boys plan your Sunday night party moves at the Morumbi Stadium...
DAVID COULTHARD, Position 19th
"The balance of the car was the same as it had been this morning - and wasn't very good. On this type of track you need entrance stability in order to carry speed into the turns and I just haven't been able to fi weiter >>
1 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:10.643 1:10.775 1:10.680
2 3 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.035 1:11.386 1:11.299
3 8 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:11.885 1:11.343 1:11.328
4 1 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:11.791 1:11.148 1:11.567
5 11 Rubens Barrichello Ho weiter >>
1 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:11.443
2 5 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:11.631
3 12 Jenson Button Honda 1:12.306
4 17 Robert Kubica Sauber-BMW 1:12.535
5 2 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:12.567
6 11 Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:12.697
7 1 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:12.721
Friday 20th October 2006
Tiago Monteiro (POR)- Chassis: M16-03, Car #18First timed session: NO TIME, 1 Lap completedSecond timed session: 15th, 1:14.468, +1.921, 18 Laps completed
Quote: "I think today was a good perform weiter >>
Interlagos, Brazil, Friday 20th October 2006
Kimi Raikkonen, MP4-21 05 Pedro de la Rosa, MP4-21 04 T-car (Kimi), MP4-21 07 Spare car, MP4-21 06
Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Pedro de la Rosa set the ninth and 11th fastest times respectively in the se weiter >>
FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER 2006
Interlagos, (BRA) 4.309km / 2.677milesDry but overcast, air 20-230C, track 26-380CDry but overcast, air 20-210C, track 29-310C
A Wurz FW28 04 CA2006/13 1:13.922 (3rd) 25 laps 1:12.547 (1st) 33 laps
M Webber FW28 03 CA2006/17, 1s weiter >>
Weather: Dry, sun and clouds, 20-21°C Air, 27-30°C Track
Interlagos (BRA). For the final Friday of the Formula 1 season in Brazil BMW Sauber F1 Team test and reserve driver, Sebastian Vettel, was third quickest on his first visit to the Interlagos track. It was also a trouble free first day for both Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld.
No, not the race, we're talking Red Bull party time. Taking place in the famous Morumbi Football Stadium, we hope to capture the essence of everything that's great about Brazil…
DAVID COULTHARD, 1st Practice P-, 2nd Practice P24 "A normal Friday practice. Nothing to report."
ROBERT DOORNBOS, 1st Practice P-, 2nd Practice P28
"A pretty quiet d weiter >>
Autodromo Carlos Pace - Interlagos Shell Technical Briefing
ULG 62L/5The latest formulation, higher volatility fuel to help Ferrari extract maximum power from the 248 F1
Shell Stamina SL-0912CV Joint Grease: protecting & maintaining the efficiency of the moving parts
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Friday 20 October 2006
Panasonic Toyota Racing today began preparations for the last race of the 2006 season under cloudy skies at the circuit of Interlagos in Sao Paulo. It was a good day of practice for race drivers Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher. Both did more running than usual in the morning session and they finished their days of tyre an weiter >>
1 35 Alexander Wurz Williams-Cosworth 1:12.547
2 36 Anthony Davidson Honda 1:12.653
3 38 Sebastian Vettel Sauber-BMW 1:12.870
4 8 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:13.483
5 12 Jenson Button Honda 1:13.485
6 5 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:13.713
7 7 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:13.765
1 3 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.764
2 36 Anthony Davidson Honda 1:13.902
3 35 Alexander Wurz Williams-Cosworth 1:13.922
4 38 Sebastian Vettel Sauber-BMW 1:14.204
5 4 Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.237
6 12 Jenson Button Honda 1:14.487
7 8 Jarno Trulli Toyot weiter >>
The final Grand Prix of the season sees the Spyker MF1 Team arrive in Interlagos having shown promising car performance in recent races. The team has been busy testing in Silverstone since Japan and has made a number of changes that should suit the track and climate conditions. Interlagos has been a lucky track for the Spyker MF1 Team in former guises and once again it is hoped t weiter >>
The 2007 Formula One World Championship makes its final stop of the season in South America this weekend for the 34th Brazilian Grand Prix. Situated on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, the Carlos Pace Autodromo is one of the most atmospheric race tracks visited all year and will provide a fitting backdrop for what will undoubtedly be an explosive season finale weiter >>
SAO LONG 2006
A long, hard season comes to an end for Panasonic Toyota Racing with the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. After a double points finish in its home race in Japan last time out, the team heads to Sao Paulo for Formula One's only visit to South America. The annual trip to Brazil brings weiter >>
Formel 1-Direktor Nick Shorrock im Interview
Eine enorm spannende Formel 1-Saison ist auf ihre Zielgerade eingebogen: In gut einer Woche findet in Brasilien der 18. und letzte Grand Prix 2006 statt. Michelin besitzt als Reifenpartner des Renault F1 Teams eine ausgezeichnete Ausga weiter >>
Preparations for the final Grand Prix of the 2006 Formula 1 season are drawing to a conclusion as the Team McLaren Mercedes team fly out to the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This original five mile circuit layout, which was built in the 40s, has modernised over the ye weiter >>
Er hält auch andere Altersrekorde der Formel 1.
Mit seinem dritten Platz beim Grand Prix von Brasilien kürte sich Fernando Alonso gestern zum jüngsten Formel 1-Weltmeister der Geschichte. Das verwundert kaum: Der junge Asturier zählte schon immer zu den ganz Schn weiter >>
1. Juan Pablo Montoya COL McLaren-Mercedes 29:20.574
2. Kimi Raikkonen FIN McLaren-Mercedes 2.527
3. Fernando Alonso E Renault 24.840
4. Michael Schumacher D Ferrari 35.668
5. Giancarlo Fisichella I Renault 40.218
6. Rubens Barrichello BR Ferrari 1:09.173
7. Jenson Button GB BAR-Honda -1 lap
8. Ralf Schumacher D Toyot weiter >>