Brazilian GP - Williams Toyota - Race
The Williams Toyota team have today secured fourth place in the 2007 FIA World Constructors’ Championship. In a thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg delivered another flawless performance, driving his FW29 home to fourth place,
having started in tenth, the best finish of his Formula One career to date.
Kazuki Nakajima had an impressive debut outing, finishing in tenth place from P19 on the grid. Unfortunately, some of the team’s mechanics were injured during Kazuki’s first stop and are currently receiving medical treatment. Congratulations to Kimi Raikkonen
who claimed the Drivers’ title.
"I am very happy! This is a super result for the team, and for me, because fourth is my best result in F1 so far. 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. My strategy was very much on the limit; a heavy fuel load on the second stint was really tough on the tyres and I was struggling a bit, but I could make up the pace with my last set which were good. The pressure was on today because everything was on the line, the Constructors’ position for the team and my position in the Drivers’ so I am very pleased with the outcome. The best thing is that this race was my personal best result which means I can go into the winter happy - that’s going to be fun.
"First of all I would say I’m really sorry that some of my mechanics were injured during my pitstop and that I hope they’re okay. It was a good first race for me but it was slightly overshadowed. 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. I was then held up by Sato for quite some time before I could overtake him. Car balance was almost perfect, especially in the third stint on the option tyres. I really enjoyed the race and I did well physically. I would like to thank the team for giving me this great opportunity."
Patrick Head, Director of Engineering
"Congratulations to Kimi Raikkonen
who drove a great race to secure the Drivers’ Championship. For us, it was a strong end to the year. Nico had a fantastic race and Kazuki drove well on his debut. His lap times were impressive and he’s set a marker for a future in Formula One. Some of our mechanics were injured today, they’re having some checks done now and we send our best wishes to them. On behalf of myself and Frank, I’d like to thank the team who have done a great job this year to put us in fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship."
Sam Michael, Technical Director
"Obviously our first concern is with our mechanics who were injured during Kazuki’s pitstop, they are undergoing medical checks at the moment. Today’s race brought a very good end to the season and we’ve claimed fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship. The team have done a fantastic job. Nico drove a first class race to get fourth place, and to take us to fourth place in the Championship. Kazuki also drove well today. His lap times were strong and he overtook a number of cars. I would like to say thank you to everyone at Grove and at Cologne for all the hard work they’ve put in, their efforts have delivered a big step in performance and reliability since last year. Our focus now is to improve again for next year."
Source Williams Toyota