Kazuki Nakajima admits that he doesn't expect his first weekend as a Formula 1 race driver to be easy as he prepares to make his debut in the season ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

The GP2 rookie of the year was given the chance to make his debut for the Williams F1 team when Alex Wurz announced his immediate retirement from his race seat after the Chinese Grand Prix.

It means the 22-year-old Japanese driver will become the second second-generation racer in the Williams line-up at Interlagos with his father Saturo having competed for both Lotus and Tyrell during a five-year F1 career.

However, having never competed in a full grand prix weekend before, the 22-year-old admits he is being realistic with his aims for the event and will take things one step at a time.

"At the moment, I'm not laying any goals out for myself," he said. "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.

"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!"

Nakajima admitted that his call-up had led to mixed feelings, with it signalling the end of Wurz's F1 race career, but said his father was delighted with the news.

"He sounded like he was quite happy!" he said. "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.

"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."



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