Formula One is dubbed as the pinnacle of motorsports. Each driver is known to be mentally and physically at the peak to sustain the tremendous pressure of driving an F1 car with its enormous G-Force and the complicated settings. But many a time, there comes a driver who performs so bad that it is almost questionable as to how he got there in the first place.
Toyota took a punt on the reigning Champ Car champion Cristiano da Matta by signing him for the 2003 season. In his debut year, the Brazilian accumulated 10 championship points with four top-eight finishes. Only three retirements over the season showed strong consistency for the young Japanese team. Da Matta not only scored more points than veteran team mate Olivier Panis but also reached the finish line on considerably more occasions.This success led to the Brazilian bloke retained for the 2004 season. A points finish in Monaco was his season’s highlight and disqualification in Montreal the low point of the year. The German Grand Prix proved to be Da Matta’s last as he was dropped by the Toyota team for poor performances and being overly critical of the team’s pace.In these two seasons, Da Matta failed to make a lasting impression on the F1 community and returned to America and Champ Car, arguably worse off than when he left off 18 months ago.