CHAMPCAR/CART: Cristiano da Matta F1 test

Newman/Haas Champ car driver Cristiano da Matta tested a Toyota Formula 1 car today for the first time. He tested for Toyota at the Paul Ricard circuit. Da Matta was eight-tenths of a second slower than Allan McNish, Toyota F1's regular ...

Newman/Haas Champ car driver Cristiano da Matta tested a Toyota Formula 1 car today for the first time. He tested for Toyota at the Paul Ricard circuit.

Da Matta was eight-tenths of a second slower than Allan McNish, Toyota F1's regular driver

"I am very impressed with this experience," he said. "I did 97 laps but I am not really tired. The car was much lighter to drive that in CART but more demanding on the neck due to much higher G-Forces. The high speed corners were particularly impressive and I didn't expect such high grip levels from the grooved tyres."

Yesterday, CART driver Tora Takagi tested the Toyota F1 car. He two seconds slower than da Matta's time, but the track was also slower.

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Series Formula 1 , IndyCar
Drivers Allan McNish , Tora Takagi , Cristiano da Matta