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Toyota gifts Zonta 2004 F1 car

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Toyota gifts Zonta 2004 F1 car

By Motorsport.com/GMM

Ricardo Zonta in the 2004 TF104
Ricardo Zonta in the 2004 TF104

Former Grand Prix Ricardo Zonta this week received his dream gift -- the Toyota he raced in Formula One in 2004.

Globo reports that the 34-year-old Brazilian, who raced a few times in 2004 after Toyota ousted Cristiano da Matta, took delivery of the TF104 at his home in Curitiba.

"I wouldn't say it's a trophy, but it was a part of my life," said Zonta, who was Cologne based Toyota's test driver for four years.

"What happened is that when they left F1, I kept in touch and I always asked to have my car. They managed to fulfill my dream of having an F1 car in my house," he smiled.

Zonta made his F1 debut with BAR in 1999, and also worked with Jordan and Renault.

He has subsequently raced sports cars and in Brazil's Stock Car series.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ricardo Zonta , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Jordan