As expected, Kazuki Nakajima is favourite to replace the recently-retired Alex Wurz in the Williams line-up for next weekend's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix - but that does not guarantee the Japanese driver a seat with the team next year.

Having not been in the FW29 for some time as he concentrated on his rookie GP2 Series campaign, Nakajima replaced Wurz in the opening 90-minute session at Shanghai International last Friday, perhaps signalling Williams' desire to get him reacquainted with the car as there is no testing allowed between now and the Interlagos finale.

Although erratic at times in GP2, the son of former F1 favourite Satoru Nakajima picked up pace towards the end of the year, becoming a regular frontrunner in the closely-fought support series, and prompting many to put his name forward for a graduation to the top flight in 2008. Team boss Frank Williams remained tight-lipped on the matter when asked whether Nakajima Jr would be remaining at Grove next season but, should he be included alongside Nico Rosberg in Brazil, it could signal that he is being considered for a seat.

That seat, however, may not necessarily be at Williams. Nakajima, unlike his Honda-bound father, is a Toyota prot?g? and, while Williams uses Toyota power, there is also a vacancy at the works team, following Ralf Schumacher's decision to leave at the end of the year. Both teams have long lists of suitors, but Nakajima will surely feature on both. Should he wind up at Toyota, it could spell bad news for the man who beat him to the GP2 title, Timo Glock, while confirmation at Williams could mean that the likes of Tonio Liuzzi and Giancarlo Fisichella are left on the sidelines.

Williams has promised an announcement on Wurz's replacement today [Tuesday].

 

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