Kazuki Nakajima made a good start to his first weekend in a Formula 1 race seat after he came close to matching the pace of team-mate Nico Rosberg in Friday practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Japanese driver, given the chance to join Rosberg in a Williams race seat after Alex Wurz decided to retire, had ended the wet opening session down in 16th place but was an impressive eighth in session two - just behind Rosberg on the time-sheets.

"It was good for my first day, especially the afternoon session," he reflected. "My lap time was quite close to Nico's and that was one target for the weekend. We had some balance problems, but I think that is the same for everyone here. The track is really good fun to drive and it's not giving my neck any problems. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's qualifying session now."

Rosberg meanwhile was on form during the wet session as he posted the fourth quickest time, and while he slipped back to seventh in the dry, he was also happy with how the day had progressed.

"It was a pretty good day for us, especially in the wet, but you always need to be careful with Friday's times," he said. "We didn't show our true potential, but that's probably the same for everyone today. We had a dry track in the afternoon and we now know that the tyre choice is going to be difficult. We tried a few directions on the set-up; we didn't get it quite perfect, but we know how to get it right for tomorrow's qualifying."



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