AlphaTauri rookie Yuki Tsunoda gained more Formula 1 experience during a private test day at Emilia Romagna Grand Prix venue Imola on Wednesday.
Tsunoda finished third in last year’s Formula 2 standings, as top rookie, and carried out running at Imola before partaking in the post-season test in Abu Dhabi.
Formula 1 teams are limited to only three days of official pre-season testing in Bahrain, where 2021 cars will be used, with shared seat time meaning each driver is set for just 1.5 days of action.
But teams are permitted to carry out running in cars two or more years old and AlphaTauri has elected to give Tsunoda more track time ahead of his debut.
Tsunoda piloted the 2019-spec Toro Rosso STR14, dressed in AlphaTauri livery, at the Italian venue on Wednesday.
Tsunoda will partner Pierre Gasly at AlphaTauri after taking the seat previously occupied by Daniil Kvyat.
Imola, which returned to Formula 1 last autumn as part of the Coronavirus-hit calendar, is scheduled to host the second round of the 2021 campaign on April 18.