Cristiano Monteiro da Matta (born September 19, 1973 in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil) is an Auto Racing Driver who competed in FF1M and FF2M and was the winner of the FF1M Drivers Championship in 2001.
FF1M and FF2M
Cristiano first competed in FF1M in 1997 with Ajay Motorsports and scored a total of 4 points in 17 races. He left FF1M and moved to FF2M in the following season driving for Innocent Racing finishing 7th in the Drivers Championship and scoring 28 points.
In 1999 he moved to Cramer Motorsports. After a stunning season that saw him take 3 wins and finish 2nd in the championship, he was signed as a test driver for FJR, where he showed good pace in testing sessions.
Return to FF1M
The return to FF1M came in 2001 with Gui Racing , which saw Cristiano partner Ralf Schumacher, then considered the driver who'd become next FF1M champion. However in a twist of fate, that year was a dream year for Cristiano as he won the world championship without winning a race throughout the entire season - due to the good reliability and excellent driving of his slow car -, becoming the first driver in FF1M history to do so. His teammate Ralf Schumacher won the Brazilian GP, the 3rd race of the calendar, however unreliability and misfortune saw Ralf drop behind in the championship while Cristiano's excellent consistency saw him gradually move up the standings until he achieved prime position in the closing rounds of the championship.
Da Matta was due to race for Gui Racing for 2002 but was sacked. However he returned with Dark Wolf in Imola and returned in style. He won his first FF1M Race at the A1-Ring with Marc Gene second.
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