Cristiano da Matta (born 19 September 1973) is a retired Brazilian Formula One driver who drove for Toyota in 2003 and 2004. Despite picking up four points-finishes in his début season, da Matta was dropped from the team midway through 2004 in preference of Ricardo Zonta.
da Matta led seventeen laps of the 2003 British Grand Prix after choosing not to pit under safety car conditions caused by a trespasser entering the track and running down the Hangar Straight. Once the Brazilian driver made his pit stop 17 laps later, Kimi Räikkönen inherited the lead. da Matta finished the race in 7th.
Formula One CareerEdit
Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit
Formula One RecordEdit
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|2003||Panasonic Toyota Racing||Toyota||10||13th||Report|
|2004||Panasonic Toyota Racing||Toyota||3||17th||Report|
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||6881.873 km|
|Distance Led||87.397 km|
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|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
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