Williams Test Driver & Debut (2007)
Nakajima was originally the test driver for Williams during the 2007 season, but with the retirement of Alex Wurz from the world of F1 before the end of that season, it saw Nakajima promoted to a race seat for the final race of the year.
Nakajima’s debut race for Williams can be considered as not entirely uneventful to say the least! The young and friary Japanese driver got into plenty of incidents including a coming together with David Coulthard at turn 1, he even ran over part of his own pit crew. Certainly not the best way of impressing his bosses on his GP debut! Shades of Yuji Ide spring to mind, but that said Nakajima managed to secure the second seat at Williams for 2008 alongside Nico Rosberg.
2008 started strongly for the young Japanese driver with strong finishes in both Australia & Spain. However an embarrassing moment in Canada saw him brake his front wing in contact with Jenson Button's Honda, this lead to a rather pathetically slide into the pit lane wall whilst he attempted to pit for a new wing. The broken front wing had become lodged under his wheels and he was unable to steer the car.
Nakajima had done enough though in 2008 to see him resigned to drive alongside Nico Rosberg again for Williams in to 2009. But 2009 would see the young Japanese driver endure a very poor season. He looked strong in practice, yet come race day he would inevitably fade. He was constantly being outperformed by Rosberg and while the German was scoring regular points finishes, Nakajima would fail to score even a single point all year. His best result would be two 9th places at the Hungarian GP and the Singapore GP. The only other memorable event was his dramatic exit from the Brazilian GP after being cut up by rookie Kamui Kobayashi. He was dropped by Williams at the end of 2009.