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F1 Mole | 10:51 UK time, Saturday, 6 June 2009

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Kazuki Nakajima took time out before practice and qualifying on Saturday to sit down and have breakfast with me in the Williams motorhome.

It was a lovely chat with the driver, who is in the midst of a pretty busy weekend at the Turkish Grand Prix.

The topic of conversation involved cars and living in England but what really sparked him off was the Champions League final.

Mulling over his muesli and strawberry yoghurt, Kazuki was delighted with his beloved Barcelona's 2-0 triumph in Rome over Manchester United.

Despite living near Oxford, the Japanese driver is neither a fan of Oxford United nor Premier League champions Man Utd.nakajima.jpg

Instead, he is backing Barca and says one of the highlights of the year was watching his heroes in action at the Nou Camp after the Spanish GP

He then went on to discuss his own footballing skills - although he may be more suited to driving cars by the sound of things!

As for matters on the track, he says his favourite circuits are Suzuki, Fuji and Silverstone, which he treats as his second-home grand prix.

Nakajima says he loves living in the Oxfordshire countryside, away from hectic city life and just 20 minutes from the team's factory in Grove.

But the 24-year-old won't actually be at home for the British GP. He prefers to stay in a hotel rather than at his Oxfordshire abode because "the traffic is just too bad".

And then it was time for him to get ready for practice so I finished my coffee and said I'd see him to interview later in the "pig-pen" interview zone.

Will Nakajima get into the top 10 in Istanbul? Fuelled with breakfast and inspired by thoughts of Barcelona's feats, he certainly hopes so


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