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Cristiano da Matta Q&A

Cristiano da Matta will have his first British GP outing for Toyota this Sunday, seven years after he last raced at the Northants track in Formula 3000. He warmed up for the event by taking in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where he drove both his regular 2003 mount and the awesome Toyota Seven Can-Am monster. Adam Cooper asked the Brazilian ace for his thoughts on both weekends of his British tour.



"It's exactly like a CART race! The paddock is open and people are walking everywhere. It's nice. I wish I could do more driving, but there's a lot of waiting for too little driving."



"I had seen in on TV many times, because in Brazil they always have the highlights."



"The guy I saw again which was a great pleasure for me was Gordon Coppuck. I worked with him in my first year and my second year in CART, and it's been a long time since I've seen him. It's fun to go around and see all the cars, like Nelson Piquet's Brabham from 1983, and a couple of Ayrton Senna's cars, the Lotus and the McLaren from 1993. So it's quite nice to see these cars which I always used to see on the TV."



"To go and watch all the cars I wanted to see - like Rod Millen's pick-up truck - was difficult. But today I learned and I came without the team uniform, so it's a lot easier! I lived here in England, and I know how mad everybody is about racing. It's a surprise, but not such a big surprise. I raced at Rockingham in 2001 and 2002, but the last time I was at Silverstone for the F3000 in 1996. It was actually my best qualifying."



"Yes. I had a good test at Silverstone right after the Monaco race. We have some new bits that Olivier tested in Barcelona last week that seem to be working fine. Also I think it's the type of track that sorts our type of car. I'm coming from a bad race in Magny-Cours, so I'm hoping it's better."



"I think so. We did a good test there, and it's more of a flowing type of track, not so much of a stop and go place."



"I think so. I think one of the things that gives us the advantage is the heat, so as long as it's hot, we might have an advantage. Thing improve every day, so I don't know if Bridgestone will come up with something new, but I hope not."

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