The WilliamsF1 team will reach a milestone this weekend in Italy when Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima start the latest round in the 2008 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

The event at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza will mark the 500th grand prix appearance for the Grove-based operation, which is currently in its thirtieth year of racing.

Although Williams has enjoyed numerous successes over the years, including winning over 100 races and taking 16 World Championships - nine constructors' titles and seven drivers' titles - the targets for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix will be more modest.

Indeed the team last triumphed now at the end of 2004 and so the priority on Sunday will be to break into the top eight and add to the 17 points accumulated thus far.

Rosberg and Nakajima are both reasonably optimistic that they can manage that after a positive pre-event test - and both definitely like Monza, which is steeped in history and has hosted more F1 races than any other track and every Italian GP but one since 1950.

"We had a good test in Monza two weeks ago, both in terms of evaluating new parts and defining set-up for the Grand Prix," Rosberg confirmed. "I am looking forward to racing at the Autodromo, not only because it is the quickest circuit on the calendar, but also because it has so much history.

"Monza is really fun to drive because of the super fast start-finish straight, the tight braking events at the end of the lap and also the kerbs which you have to ride as much as you can.

"The faster corners are quite difficult to drive because we run such little downforce at Monza, but that doesn't diminish the experience of driving at one of the best circuits we visit!"

Nakajima is equally enthusiastic about the 5.793 kilometre venue and after a pretty lacklustre performance in Belgium he will want to do a lot better this time out, especially as he has yet to secure a drive for 2009.

"I tested in Monza just before the race in Spa, but prior that, it was exactly a year since I had driven on the circuit. So the test was quite busy to me," he explained. "I had to get used to the track as much as the car, because in the low downforce specification, it has very different characteristics.

"Anyway, the test reminded that Monza is very exciting, very fast and a very technical track. The tricky bit is the kerbing, you have to be brave and take a lot of kerb, but while this makes the track quite distinctive, I really feel Monza is a circuit that suits me."