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Cristiano da Matta  Brazil

  • Full name Cristiano Monteiro da Matta
  • Birth date September 19, 1973
  • Birthplace Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Current age 41 years 193 days
  • Height 1.65 m
  • Weight 59 kg
  • Teams Toyota
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2003 Toyota 16 16 0 0 13 6 0 0 3 0 0 10 13
2004 Toyota 12 12 0 0 7 6 0 0 9 0 0 3 17
Total 28 28 0 0 20 6 0 0 3 0 0 13
Race Circuit Date
First race Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 9, 2003 Race results
Last race German Grand Prix Hockenheim July 25, 2004 Race results

Born into a racing family, with his father Antonio a multiple Brazilian touring car champion, Cristiano was racing karts as soon as he was old enough. Brazilian champion in 1991, he claimed the Brazilian Formula Ford and Formula Three titles before heading to race in British Formula Three in 1995. He ranked eighth in that and then eighth in Formula 3000, but it was only when he headed to the United States in 1997 that his career regained momentum, as Cristiano ranked third in Indy Lights before winning the title the following year. This propelled him into Indy Cars and he was a race winner in 2000 before winning the 2002 ChampCar crown for Newman-Haas Racing. Doing so with a Toyota engine impressed the manufacturer enough to offer him a crack in its Formula One team in 2003. He led the British Grand Prix after an early scramble of the order and his best results were two a sixth places, but his form fell away in 2004 and he returned to Champ Cars, surviving hitting a deer in 2006.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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July 11, 2004

Cristiano Da Matta of Toyota at the 2004 British Grand Prix

January 17, 2004

Olivier Panis and team-mate Cristiano da Matta present thei new Toyota TF104

March 9, 2003

The start of term driver photograph


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