Toyota has completed its final test session of the 2008 season after three-days of running in Bahrain, where young Italian Andrea Caldarelli completed his maiden Formula One test.
The 18-year-old was given the chance to test the TF108 as part of the Toyota Young Driver Programme, which he has been part of since 2007.
Caldarelli, who last season raced in both the Formula Renault West European Championship and Eurocup, completed 128 laps in total during Monday and Tuesday, putting in a consistent performance and ending with a best lap of 1min 33.170secs - just two seconds off Jarno Trulli's qualifying time for the Bahrain Grand Prix, despite different track conditions.
"This has been a great experience for me and I have thoroughly enjoyed it,” he said. “To get the chance to test a Formula 1 car when I am still only 18 is such a good opportunity and I was determined to make the most of it.
"Obviously the TF108 is a big step up compared to my usual car; the power is amazing but so are the brakes, and the grip you have going round corners takes a few laps to adjust to. I think I did a good job considering the circuit is new to me and this is my first full Formula 1 test.
"I would like to say thank you to Panasonic Toyota Racing for giving me the chance to test the TF108. This experience gives me extra motivation to fight as hard as possible to one day race a Formula 1 car."
Timo Glock was also in action in Bahrain, continuing the programme of 2009 preparation which Trulli started last week. The German spent two days at the wheel as he continued plans for next year, while test driver Kamui Kobayashi also spent one day at the wheel.