Toyota's new Formula One challenger has already been tested in both wet and dry after the opening day of the first 2008 group test at Jerez proved to be a rather soggy affair.

Having completed 67 laps during a trouble-free roll-out staged in ideal conditions, Jarno Trulli was greeted by a wet track and pouring rain on day one of the test. The Italian's task was to put as many laps as possible on the new car to test systems and begin to understand set-up changes, while new team-mate Timo Glock drove a modified version of last year's TF107 to work on the new gearbox and standard ECU, as well as making some set-up comparisons.

Trulli made good progress with the new car and, thanks to impressive reliability, completed 87 laps, but Glock interrupted his learning process by spinning into the gravel at turn eight and damaging his front wing against the barrier.

"We can be pleased with our progress so far with the TF108," senior general manager Pascal Vasselon commented, "The roll-out [on Sunday] went well and we ran through several system checks with no significant problems. Today, we started to look more at set-up and I believe we made a promising start although, at this stage, it is still too early to be comparing lap times. The main target today was to get information and data about the new car, how it behaves and how it reacts to changes, and we achieved that in both wet and dry conditions.

"Timo continued to drive the TF107 and worked on refining the new gearbox and the standard ECU. He did some set-up work as well, but the track conditions this morning did not help. In the afternoon, we sent him out in challenging track conditions, but this was a valuable learning opportunity now traction control has been outlawed. We are happy with our progress and looking forward to continuing the good work tomorrow."

 

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