Day two of F1 testing as it happened

Lewis Hamilton crashes in his first test for Mercedes as Romain Grosjean finishes fastest on day two of testing in Jerez.

6 February 2013 Last updated at 16:32 GMT

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  1. 0745: 

    Good morning and welcome to day two of pre-season testing in Jerez. After eight hours of testing goodness on Tuesday it is more of the same once again, with the added treat of seeing Lewis Hamilton have his first proper run in a Mercedes car. Will the gremlins that hampered his team-mate Nico Rosberg's time on the track on day one target Hamilton? Or will we see glimpses of a potential championship challenger? That is what we are here to find out...

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "Lewis Hamilton gets his first proper taste on Wednesday of his new Mercedes, after a first day for the car that started even less auspiciously than McLaren's. Nico Rosberg managed only 11 laps before a problem with a wiring loom caused a small electrical fire and the car did not run again all day while the team worked on a fix. Hamilton will be hoping for better reliability on his first day's testing."

  3. 0750: 
    Luis Razia

    Before we crack on, I have an early bit of news to bring you. Luiz Razia has been confirmed as a Marussia driver for the coming season. With Max Chilton already at the team, that completes their driver line-up for 2013.

    Razia, 23, finished runner up in GP2 last season and was previously reserve driver at Marussia when they competed as Virgin Racing in 2010. He has also tested F1 cars with Toro Rosso, Force India and Caterham. It is straight in at the deep end, so to speak, for Razia, as he will test for Marussia today.


    Right, just under five minutes to go until we start seeing the first few cars trickle out onto the Jerez circuit. We are here for around eight hours and just having me rattling on for all that time is no good for anyone. So, as always, we would love to have your contributions. How do you think Lewis Hamilton will get on this season? With Jenson Button's time on the track on Tuesday affected by a fuel pump failure, does that raise concerns over McLaren's reliability once again?

    Let us know your thoughts, on Twitter: #bbcf1 and text, 81111 (UK only). Please remember to pop your names on those texts too. Nice one.


    Joe Deane on Twitter: "Looking forward to following the F1 pre-season testing today! Will be following closely on #bbcf1 I wonder how Lewis Hamilton will fare today."

  6. 0806: 

    Here are the drivers we should be seeing out on the track on day two:

    Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton

    Marussia - Luiz Razia

    McLaren - Sergio Perez

    Ferrari - Felipe Massa

    Caterham - Giedo van der Garde

    Toro Rosso - Daniel Ricciardo

    Red Bull - Mark Webber

    Sauber - Nico Hulkenberg

    Lotus - Romain Grosjean

    Williams - Pastor Maldonado

    Force India - Paul di Resta for the majority, James Rossiter for the final few runs

  7. 0807: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    First out is Nico Hulkenberg in the Sauber, soon followed by the Lotus of Romain Grosjean, Paul di Resta in the Force India, Williams' Pastor Maldonado, Caterham's Giedo van der Garde, Mark Webber in the Red Bull and Felipe Massa in the Ferrari.

  8. 0810: 

    Out comes Lewis Hamilton now for his installation lap in the Mercedes. While an electrical fault cut short the time Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg had on the circuit on day one, Mercedes fixed a wiring loom overnight and all is expected to go pretty smoothly today.


    Ehrgeiz FGI on Twitter: "If Mercedes is fairly quick and reliable and Lewis Hamilton is consistently fast I see no reason why he cant challenge. Fernando Alonso perfect example."

    Jake Cundy on Twitter: "Escaping the Bangkok heat with a cold beer and #bbcf1 coverage of testing, hopefully today we will see Lewis Hamilton topping the time sheet."

  10. 0814: 

    Luiz Razia heads out for his first foray as a Marussia driver, leaving us just the McLaren of Sergio Perez to emerge from the pit lane.

  11. 0820: 

    Speaking of Luiz Razia, let's here his thoughts after he was announced as a Marussia driver earlier on Wednesday morning:

    "I am very proud to take the step up to a Formula 1 race seat, particularly with the team I began this journey with, since they helped show me what it takes to progress to the highest level.

    "This coming season will be all about rewarding the faith the Team have shown in me. I am looking forward to beginning that process in Jerez where we are testing the MR02 for the first time. This is an important year for the Marussia F1 Team in terms of maintaining the momentum from a very positive 2012 season. I look forward to making a valuable contribution to that."


    Marussia on Twitter: "It may also help for you to know that our driver numbers will be 22 - Luiz Razia & 23 - Max Chilton."

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "The first day of running of 2013 did not start well for McLaren and Jenson Button, with the new car stopping out on track with a fuel-pump failure after just three laps, but it certainly ended on a high note. Once he got some laps under his belt, Button was quickly down to competitive lap times and he ended the day with the fastest of all, a one minute 18.8 seconds. That drew some admiring glances from his rivals. Ferrari's Felipe Massa said: "18.8 is an incredible time definitely, but 19.7 (the next best by Mark Webber's Red Bull) I don't think so." Webber himself admitted Button's was "a pretty handy time". Button said he was "surprised when I saw the time on the dash - I don't know how I did that time". But he added: "It doesn't mean anything. Some people run more or less fuel. Who knows?" Overall, though, he was happy with the car. "In terms of how the car feels there is nothing that stands out in terms of big issues," he said."

  14. 0825: 

    After a brief lull in action, Mark Webber has returned to the track and the Australian clocks our first flying lap of the day with one minute 24.092 seconds. Still waiting on Sergio Perez to climb into the McLaren and have his first feel of the Jerez circuit.


    Tyler, via text: "I think the Red Bull and the McLaren are faster than the Mercedes but but the Mercedes isn't far off them."

    Stevie B, via text: "Come on Semi-Brit Team Marussia! Drive to The Max!!!"

  16. 0834: 

    Mark Webber shaves a little under two seconds off his earlier time with 1m22.611s, but the Red Bull driver is displaced at the top of the timesheet as Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo flies round in 1m21.176s. Think we could be in for some pretty quick times today, Michael Schumacher was fastest on day two of testing in 2012 with 1m18.561s and I fancy the fastest time to get pretty close, if not better, than that.

  17. 0837: 

    Not long after clocking that time, Daniel Ricciardo causes the first red flag incident of the day as his Toro Rosso comes to a stop between Turns 10 and 11. A low loader has been despatched and we should be back under way relatively quickly.


    Tevsooncome on Twitter: "Big day for Lewis Hamilton. First proper laps in Mercedes fingers crossed the gremlins that bedevilled Nico Rosberg yesterday stay away."

    Matt Harris on Twitter: "Reading the live commentary from #bbcf1 all the way from Australia, happy to see both Daniel Ricciardo and Mark Webber will be driving today!"

  19. 0840: 

    Silence descends over the Jerez circuit as covers are put on Daniel Riccardo's Toro Rosso prior to it being taken back to the Toro Rosso garage. The Australian had completed eight laps before the incident occurred.

  20. 0845: 

    Interesting to see the sort of times Romain Grosjean manages today. He was consistently pretty quick during day one and finished with the third fastest time of the session. Yet to put a timed lap together on day two, but can't imagine one will be far off.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "While Felipe Massa and Mark Webber were impressed by the McLaren's pace, Lotus seemed a bit more non-plussed. Technical director James Allison described it as 'nothing terrifying' and said the team were pleased with their new car, which ended the first day third quickest in Romain Grosjean's hands. The Frenchman, Allison said, was 'pretty smiley about it. The car had decent traction, decent grip, predictable handling. I think he was pleased with the way the car felt… We chugged around with a fair amount of petrol on board and it still felt reasonably quick.' Trackside observers, including the BBC's Gary Anderson and ex-F1 drivers Keke Rosberg and Marc Surer all said the Lotus looked impressive, and Grosjean, who announced this week that he is to become a father, said: 'The first feelings were very, very good. Honestly, three laps in and the car was already on the pace and the car was good without any set-up work.'"

  22. 0849: 

    With Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso now back in the pit lane, we are under way once again and Nico Hulkenberg and Giedo van der Garde waste no time in getting themselves back out onto the circuit.

  23. 0853: 

    Sergio Perez has his first run as a McLaren driver, popping out for an installation lap before returning to the pit lane once again.

  24. 0857: 

    Lewis Hamilton, who swung by the McLaren motorhome after testing on day one for a chat with Sergio Perez, is yet to put a time on the board in his Mercedes. Luiz Razia quickly gets accustomed to his Marussia and is up to third fastest on the timesheet with 1m25.219s.


    Stuart Maginnis, via text: "After all the hype and anticipation, I think Lewis Hamilton will struggle to come to terms with what will be a second rate outfit compared to McLaren. Too much opportunity for reliability and performance issues. Sergio Perez will also struggle with expectations and pressure. Ultimately, Hamilton back to McLaren next year, Perez, possibly Mercedes swap."

  26. 0905: 

    Mark Webber reclaims top spot on the timesheet with 1m20.257s on his 13th lap in the Red Bull. This is the Australian's second successive day out on the Jerez circuit, so he will be collecting plenty of data for the team. We won't be seeing reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel until Thursday.

    Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Vettel will be receiving no preferential treatment this year, but do you really believe that will be the case? Let us know on Twitter:#bbcf1 and text: 81111 (UK only).


    Marussia on Twitter: "Luiz Razia has nine laps under his belt as we recommence our familiarisation programme with the MR02 and start to conduct some testing items."


    Ferrari on Twitter: "Second day of testing for Felipe Massa in Jerez, data acquisition on the F138 continues."

  29. 0916: 

    It is another beautiful day in Jerez with the sun shining and once again not a cloud in the sky. Air temperature currently stands at 15C while track temperature was 7C a little while ago. Paul di Resta has had the most amount of time out on the circuit so far, racking up 20 laps with his best time so far 1m26.619s.


    Lauren Pollard on Twitter: "Never believe a word Christian Horner says of course Sebastian Vettel is going to get the best treatment & Mark Webber deserves better cause he is a nice guy."

    Adam G on Twitter: "Mark Webber will do well up until the British GP. That's when he'll lose form and Sebastian Vettel gains form. It's happened before."

    Ger Smith on Twitter: "Red Bull won't give preferential treatment to Sebastian Vettel. It wouldn't make sense to invest in two drivers with the purpose of pushing one further."

  31. 0926: 

    Almost 90 minutes into this session and Lewis Hamilton puts in his first flying lap in the Mercedes as a smooth run around the Jerez circuit sees him slotting in third fastest with 1m22.062s.


    Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembrey on Twitter: "Jerez, due to track and warmer conditions, is a better place to perform tyre compound comparisons. Barcelona can be very cool in February as we saw last year."

  33. 0933: 

    Luiz Razia is cutting a lonely figure at the moment with newly confirmed Marussia man the only driver out on the circuit right now. His team-mate Max Chilton gained some valuable experience in testing on day one, despite his session being cut short by a suspension problem. Big learning curve for the two this season though.

  34. 0935: 

    A reminder that Jenson Button, despite a fuel-pump failure, topped the timesheet on the first day of testing with a late fast lap, but can we really read anything into that? BBC Sport chief F1 writer Andrew Benson is the man to give us an idea...

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "As every team and driver will tell you, headline lap times from testing are virtually meaningless, given the impossibility of comparing the specifications in which the cars are running. However, a better indication of form can be gleaned from averaging out the drivers' flying laps over a whole day. I did this last night. Even so, the first day of testing is often difficult to read as it's effectively a 'shakedown' day with very little performance running. Nevertheless, for what it's worth, the McLaren was way ahead in the numbers, with an average time - like it's headline time - about a second faster than anyone else. The Lotus, Ferrari and Toro Rosso were next up, all on similar figures, with the Red Bull further back again. Force India appeared to do a lot of higher-fuel running."

  36. 0939: 

    Sergio Perez was one of the few remaining drivers to clock a flying lap and his first effort, on his fifth lap in the MP4-28, put him sixth fastest. Perez quickly bettered that as 1m21.358s saw him jump up to third fastest on the timesheet. We are just left waiting on Nico Hulkenberg to record a timed lap now...

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "That's an interesting remark by Pirelli boss Paul Hembery (0933GMT) about Jerez being a good track to perform tyre comparisons, because most of the drivers will tell you that it is a poor guide for the season ahead. Hembery was talking about it being better than Barcelona, which can be a bit cool at this time of year. But the problem with Jerez is it's very abrasive and all the drivers were struggling with 'graining' - where the tyre tears and the bits stick to the surface, reducing grip. Mark Webber said: 'This track is always hard on tyres. You can always scare the hell out of yourself here (about tyre wear) and then get to other places and it's not too bad.'"

  38. 0943: 

    Lots of quick laps being posted now as Nico Hulkenberg sticks a time on the board with 1m21.104s - the fifth fastest time of the session. Daniel Ricciardo has joined the sub-1m20s club as he flies round in 1m19.487s to knock Mark Webber off top spot.


    Adrian Snood on Twitter: "I assume Kimi Raikkonen 'know's what he's doing' ... So not on the track today."

    That or he is making absolute certain the crucial 'ice cream' button works before he joins the fray. We will be seeing our favourite Finn on Thursday and Friday.

  40. 0949: 

    Lewis Hamilton clocks 1m19.519s on the medium compound to split Daniel Ricciardo and Mark Webber on the timesheet. Yet to see Felipe Massa push his Ferrari with the Brazilian way down in 11th on the timesheet with 1m39.697s.

  41. 0952: 

    It was going well for Lewis, a little too well, but the Briton causes the second red flag of the day as he ploughs straight across a gravel trap and into tyres at Dry Sack hairpin.

  42. 0955: 

    Lewis Hamilton is OK after that crash and is out of the Mercedes. Yet to see the extent of the damage but the cranes are on the scene to get his car taken away.


    Mercedes on Twitter: "Lewis is back in the garage, we're waiting for the car to return to find out what happened."

  44. 1004: 

    While Lewis Hamilton is safely back in the garage, covers have been put over his Mercedes before it is loaded onto the low loader. Some pictures have started to emerge of his crashed car, but hard to tell still just how much damage it has taken.


    Paula Cawley on Twitter: "Lewis Hamilton coming off just tells me he is testing the car's limits. He'll always brake later than any other driver."

  46. 1008: 

    We are back under way again with Giedo van der Garde and Paul di Resta heading out onto the circuit. Lots of activity in the Mercedes garage following Lewis Hamilton's crash.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson in Jerez

    "Lewis Hamilton locked his brakes going into the hairpin and went across the gravel trap and into the tyre barrier. The car has front wing and front suspension damage."

  48. 1011: 

    So Nico Rosberg had electrical problems on day one of testing, Lewis Hamilton crashes on day two. Not the best of tests so far for Mercedes...


    Ben Webb on Twitter: "I'm all up for Lewis Hamilton testing the car's limits, but not sure his new mechanics would be too impressed! Possibly not the best start."

    David Dubois on Twitter: "Maybe Lewis Hamilton saw Jenson Button's pace yesterday and had something to prove? Well he's in a wall now, still happy with the move?"

    Reece Dawson on Twitter: "Fact that the car reached the barrier at speed despite gravel suggests that whatever happened was very sudden & that Lewis Hamilton wasn't in control."

  50. 1015: 

    Romain Grosjean leaps to the top of the timesheet with his first timed lap in the Lotus after the resumption, going almost half a second faster than Daniel Ricciardo with 1m19.080s.

  51. 1017: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton walks away from his Mercedes after putting it into a tyre wall 15 laps into his first testing session with the team.

  52. 1020: 

    Crikey, Romain Grosjean is flying! Not content with simply topping the timesheet he pulls another fast lap out of the bag, shaving almost half a second off his previous best with 1m19.080s.

  53. 1021: 

    The developing story on Lewis Hamilton's crash by our chief F1 writer Andrew Benson is on the website. Also stay with us here for the latest updates from the Mercedes garage.

  54. 1028: 

    Things have quietened down a bit on the track now with Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa the only two out on the circuit. Hulkenberg has posted the seventh fastest time, with Massa having clocked the slowest time of all so far.

  55. 1031: 
    Jerez 2009

    Remember this? Lewis Hamilton, while driving for McLaren, also hit a tyre barrier in Jerez testing back in 2009 when a 'sudden gust of wind' swept him off the track.


    James E on Twitter: "Great to see Lewis Hamilton pushing hard already though. That's what makes him great. He goes closer to the edge than any #f1 driver."

  57. 1045: 

    Mercedes have updated us on Lewis Hamilton and the condition of his car, tweeting: "Lewis suffered a loss of rear brake pressure, the front brakes enabled him to slow the car but he couldn't avoid the barrier. Obvious damage to the front wing and nose; we are checking the car over now. Lewis himself is fine."

  58. 1047: 

    So a loss of rear brake pressure the cause of Lewis Hamilton's crash. That, coupled with Nico Rosberg's electrical problems on day one of testing, must be cause for concern for Mercedes, but then it is good to find out about these issues during the first two days of testing.

  59. 1053: 

    OK back to what is happening out on the circuit. Sergio Perez, on the mediums, jumps up to fifth fastest with 1m19.572s while Daniel Ricciardo comes round in 1m19.134s, putting him within 0.054seconds of Romain Grosjean.

  60. 1057: 

    1 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1m19.080s

    2 Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 1m19.134s

    3 Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber) 1m19.502s

    4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1m19.519s

    5 Paul di Resta (Force India) 1m19.549s

    6 Sergio Perez (McLaren) 1m19.572s

    7 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 1m19.921s

    8 Giedo van der Garde (Caterham) 1m22.341s

    9 Luiz Razia (Marussia) 1m24.398s

    10 Pastor Maldonado (Williams) 1m27.124s

    11 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1m39.697s

  61. 1101: 

    Fernando Alonso update! So while Lewis Hamilton is crashing into tyre walls, what is potential title rival Alonso up to? The Spaniard is not in Jerez, instead working on his physical condition. On Tuesday he was cycling, today he has tweeted: "108km - 3:52h. Low intensity. Gym this afternoon."

  62. 1108: 

    Luiz Razia has been getting plenty of laps under his belt in his first test run for Marussia and has just completed his 25th lap of the morning. Credit has to go to Marussia for ensuring he would get out there, with the team having parts flown to Lisbon on Tuesday night and then driven to Jerez following suspension problems with the car during Max Chilton's time on the circuit on day one.

  63. 1115: 

    Ferrari's Felipe Massa was running low lap times for much of the morning and was some 20 seconds behind the rest of the drivers, but he has now recorded a fast lap, whizzing round the Jerez circuit in 1m19.914s, putting him eighth fastest but just eight tenths of a second off Romain Grosjean up in P1.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "This time a year ago, Ferrari were in a terrible state, their car an absolute pig to drive and miles off the pace. This year, there are no such nightmares. Felipe Massa said that 'compared to last year it is a completely different planet. Last year I was struggling a lot to drive the car, even to keep the car on the track. This year the base is completely different, the car is much more balanced'. Massa said that the tightly packaged Ferrari had a few cooling issues, but he did not think that would be difficult to fix. There will be sighs of relief at Maranello at a positive start."


    Force India on Twitter: "For the middle part of the day we are doing short runs, making adjustments to aero & mechanical balance. Expect longer runs later on."

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson in Jerez

    "Felipe Massa has not done much running in the Ferrari, but after a long time in the garage he has just come out and done a 1:19.9, less than a second off Romain Grosjean's leading time. Massa complained about overheating problems on day one. The problem was in the cockpit. It's not unusual with a new car. The cockpit is a low-pressure area so if it is not completely sealed from the engine bay it will suck in hot air. The holes will just need to be closed up."

  67. 1127: 

    Romain Grosjean continues to lead the way with the 1m19.080s he set earlier. The circuit is busying up as midday approaches with six of the 11 drivers out on the track.

    Speaking of Grosjean, after all the incidents he was involved in last season, he recently said he plans to take a "more mature approach" to Formula 1. Do you think we will see a less rash Grosjean out there this time? Let us know on Twitter: #bbcf1 and text: 81111 (UK only).

  68. 1132: 

    Mark Webber has had plenty of time out on the circuit and has just crossed off his 41st lap in the Red Bull. No more quick laps from the Australian since setting that 1m19.533s earlier in the morning, which is about half a second down on Romain Grosjean's best time.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson in Jerez

    "Mark Webber is out doing a long run in the Red Bull at the moment. Because Jerez is so hard on the tyres, that will be less about tyre management over a race distance and more about reliability."


    Amy Scales on Twitter: "Ever so slightly excited for the new F1 season. All this talk of testing and crashes is just too much."

  71. 1135: 

    Latest update from Mercedes regarding the condition of their car following Lewis Hamilton's earlier crash coming up...


    Mercedes on Twitter: "We have traced the problem to the hydraulic brake line connecting to the right-rear caliper. The impact with the barrier also damaged the front left corner (suspension and associated aero parts). No news yet as to when we will be back out on track."

  73. 1141: 

    The brake caliper, for those who are unsure, is the assembly which houses the brake pads, something like what can be seen in this picture.


    Marussia driver Max Chilton on Twitter: "Just had a nice chat in hospitality with Suzi Perry, Ben Edwards & Gary Anderson! Me and Suzi will both be rookies to F1 in 2013!

  75. 1144: 

    Third red flag of the day as Luiz Razia's Marussia comes to a halt in the pit straight. Marussia had suspension problems on day one of testing, not sure yet what has caused this stop.

  76. 1148: 

    Just before the red flag incident, Romain Grosjean dipped below 1m19s, clocking 1m18.828s, eclipsing that fast lap posted by Jenson Button on day one by 0.033s.

  77. 1149: 

    Luiz Razia came to a stop just a short distance from the Marussia garage so the car is quickly rolled off the track and we are back under way.


    Marussia on Twitter: "After a positive 31 laps Luiz Razia has stopped on track with a problem which we will look into."


    James Frecknall on Twitter: "So glad Lotus kept on Romain Grosjean this season. Class act if he cuts out the mistakes. Both E21s to be the dark horses this year."

    Hazardous015 on Twitter: "Hope Romain Grosjean stays out of trouble this season. He could definitely pick up some big points for Lotus."

    Steve on Twitter: "If Romain Grosjean just chills that little bit, his pace will shine through and will help him and Kimi Raikkonen to put on the best results possible."

    Will we see a more mature Romain Grosjean on the circuit this season? Let us know on Twitter: #bbcf1 and text: 81111 (UK only).


    Ryan, via text: "I mentioned before that Lewis Hamilton is naturally quick and will push any car to and past his limit. You can't change the way he drives, best he finds out what the car is capable of early and adapts to that."

    Adam, via text: "Lewis Hamilton crashed after 15 laps. Doesn't mean he was pushing hard, or finding the limit, it means he made a mistake. Get over it! Wonder who he will blame?"

  81. 1159: 
    Mercedes Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton in happier times earlier on Wednesday, hopefully we will see him back out on the circuit in Jerez sometime in the afternoon.


    Lotus on Twitter: "44 laps done, back to the box Romain Grosjean. Is it lunchtime yet?"

  83. 1203: 

    It has been a good morning of testing for the second successive day for Romain Grosjean, not only has he posted the fastest lap but his average times are looking pretty dandy too, regularly clocking 1m20s. He took a lengthy break at lunchtime on day one and he may well do the same again after a positive day so far.

  84. 1208: 

    The roar of engines has all but gone now in Jerez with most drivers back in their respective garages. No official lunch break for testing, so it is a grab what you can, when you can job. Not too dissimilar to myself, but don't disappear! Someone is bound to pop back out when I take the first bite of my sandwich.

  85. 1212: 

    If you hit refresh a bit of video will appear for you to watch at the top of this very page, showing Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes being towed away post crash. Still waiting on an update as to whether Hamilton will be back out on the circuit in the afternoon.

  86. 1215: 

    Paul di Resta is the man to ensure my sandwich remains in its foil for now as he decides to take advantage of the quiet circuit and head back out in the Force India. Still no news on his team-mate for the coming season -it is the only seat we are left waiting to be filled.


    TJ Chappell on Twitter: "36 days, 13 hours and 13 min!!!"

    But how many seconds? You, sir, are not excited enough!

  88. 1224: 

    1 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1m18.828s

    2 Paul di Resta (Force India) 1m19.003s

    3 Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 1m19.134s

    4 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 1m19.338s

    5 Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber) 1m19.502s

    6 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1m19.519s

    7 Sergio Perez (McLaren) 1m19.572s

    8 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1m19.914s

    9 Giedo van der Garde (Caterham) 1m21.916s

    10 Luiz Razia (Marussia) 1m23.537s

    11 Pastor Maldonado (Williams) 1m27.124s

  89. 1231: 

    1 Paul di Resta (Force India) 59

    2 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 48

    3 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 46

    4 Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 41

    5 Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber) 40

    6 Sergio Perez (McLaren) 38

    7 Giedo van der Garde (Caterham) 37

    8 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 33

    9 Luiz Razia (Marussia) 31

    10 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 15

    11 Pastor Maldonando (Williams) 7

  90. 1234: 

    Romain Grosjean is back out on the circuit, getting in some pretty clear running under the glare of the midday sun. Giedo van der Garde also out there with him while most of the other drivers grab a bite to eat.


    Joel Bennet on Twitter: "Just under 3157320 seconds until first free practice."

    Thank you Joel, that is the level of excitement we want to see!


    Williams driver Valtteri Bottas on Twitter: "Really looking forward to get behind the wheel tomorrow! It's been a while. There's plenty of interesting tests planned."

  93. 1240: 

    We have had three red flag incidents on day two of testing, the latest of which was for Luiz Razia coming to a halt. Here is Marussia's update on the situation as it stands: "The car stopped with an as yet undiagnosed engine problem. Now the car is back anyway we've started our Kers checks."

  94. 1244: 

    Really is a lovely day in Jerez, quite at odds with some areas of the UK. Readers of a northeast England based position might want to look away now.


    Barry, via text: "Lewis Hamilton made a mistake? Is no one paying attention to the fact that there was a malfunction on the rear calliper brake line? The idea is to build a car to suit the driver not so Lewis can plod round the track just in case the car breaks!"

  96. 1251: 

    Romain Grosjean is flying once again and increases his gap from the rest of the drivers by clocking 1m18.810s. Not heard of any issues regarding the car so far, so all-in-all it will be a happy camp at Lotus, although I fear for them on Thursday if Kimi Rakkonen's mute or ice cream buttons are not working!


    Matt Barclay on Twitter: "Got to feel for Romain Grosjean not getting his own steering wheel."

  98. 1306: 

    Looks like we will not be seeing Lewis Hamilton out on the circuit again today following that earlier crash in his first run in the Mercedes.

    Mercedes' director of motorsport Toto Wolff tells Sky Sports: "We want to sort out things properly and it looks like we are not going to back out today. You want to get as much mileage as possible but this is still the first test and no need to be desperate."


    Pete, via text: "All this criticism of Lewis Hamilton making a mistake. Typical Lewis haters, Mercedes have said its a rear brake failure. I don't get why people are willing him not to succeed with his new team. The reality is, he is one of the best drivers in the field and I think this season will prove that. If anything, we should be getting behind him, he is BRITISH after all!!!"


    Mercedes on Twitter: "To confirm... we will not run again today as work continues with the repairs required on the car."

  101. 1319: 

    Sergio Perez is flying at the moment and could be about to threaten Romain Grosjean's place at the top of the timesheet. Pastor Maldonado, meanwhile, improves to 1m21.787s, moving him up to ninth, although he is almost two seconds off the pace of Felipe Massa in eighth.


    Barry Rexter on Twitter: "As a life long Williams man McLaren are the enemy but will support Lewis Hamilton now."

    Rameses10 on Twitter: "Agree with Pete @1307 lets get behind Lewis Hamilton, the car broke!!"

    Gareth Smith on Twitter: "While not a Lewis Hamilton fan surely this is what preseason testing is about, see what breaks so it doesn't in a race."

  103. 1333: 

    Pastor Maldonado has been racking up the laps now, having managed just seven in the morning. The Williams driver has just completed his 25th lap although still no improvement over his earlier time.

  104. 1335: 

    Pastor Maldonado is back in the pits and Giedo van der Garde and Daniel Ricciardo follow suit soon after. All quiet once again in Jerez before a likely flurry of activity for the last couple of hours of testing.

  105. 1339: 

    McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh was on BBC Radio 5 live breakfast earlier, speaking about Jenson Button and Sergio Perez. Here is what he had to say:

    "We give both our drivers equal opportunities to win races and win the World Championship. Jenson has a lot of experience and is in absolutely great form at the moment and is very determined to win a world championship this year but one of the guys he has to beat is Sergio Perez. Sergio is 10 years younger, a lot less experienced, but really one of the fresh and new talents in F1.

    "So for us it's a really interesting year, seeing the experience of Jenson pitted against Sergio and all of the other drivers in Formula 1."


    Yvette, via text: "OK, so I have just put a bet on Lewis Hamilton to win the world championship and have booked to go to Barcelona in May. F1 fan for 50+ years, do not give up, early days."

    Jimbo, via text: "Dear Hamilton apologists, have you EVER admitted that your precious Lewis has made a mistake? He won't be too near the title this season."

    Lewis, via text: "All the Lewis Hamilton haters are just jealous their man isn't as fast...He'll make up the difference in car pace and will challenge for the title just like Fernando Alonso did last year."

  107. 1344: 

    Drivers are heading back out once again with Sergio Perez and Mark Webber joined by another four drivers. Paul di Resta is out for a couple more hours before James Rossiter jumps into the Force India later on for a few late laps.

  108. 1348: 

    James Rossiter, by the way, is Force India's test and simulator driver. He previously tested for Honda in 2008 and Super Aguri the year before that.

  109. 1354: 

    Looks like we won't be seeing Romain Grosjean's best time of 1m18.810s under threat any time soon with teams now focussing on slower runs. Most times out there are around the 1m24s mark with Giedo van der Garde fastest at the moment, clocking 1m22.519s.


    Giedo van der Garde is one of the five rookie drivers on the grid this season, along with Esteban Gutierrez, Max Chilton, Valtteri Bottas and Luiz Razia. How do you see the new drivers doing and who, if anyone, do you see exceeding expectations?

    Let us know on Twitter: #bbcf1, and via text: text: 81111 (UK only).

  111. 1402: 

    Thanks Romain Grosjean, you had to go and make a mockery of my earlier post. The Lotus man has gone faster once again with 1m18.218s, smashing the fastest time Michael Schumacher set on day two of testing last year (1m18.561s).

  112. 1405: 

    No improvements in Felipe Massa's time just yet, with the Ferrari driver's best standing at 1m19.914s after 34 laps. Ferrari confirmed earlier that they would spend the afternoon session analysing different exhaust systems.


    Reece on Twitter: "Really keen on seeing how Valtteri Bottas will perform. I've a sneaky feeling Max Chilton will make big waves this year as well."


    Force India on Twitter: "Jerez testing going well. Paul di Resta nearing the end of his programme with long runs in VJM06 and 83 laps on the board."

  115. 1420: 

    Mark Webber, in his last outing at this Jerez test before three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel takes over for Thursday and Friday, is fourth fastest at the moment. So far so good for the Australian, having finished second fastest on day one and he managed to get over 130 laps under his belt.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "Unsurprisingly, the Red Bull was quickly down to strong lap times and Mark Webber ended the first day second fastest. The Australian said the car had too much understeer - lack of front end grip - but overall was 'pretty good'."


    Anton Spies on Twitter: "Really interested towards the rookies in F1 this year, but it's crazy how the actual GP2 champion didn't get a race seat."

    Good point, although Davide Valsecchi is third driver at Lotus and will attend all the races in 2013, which will give him some valuable experience.


    Ferrari on Twitter: "Felipe Massa back on track with the F138."

  119. 1433: 

    Just under 90 minutes to go until the end of this testing session. Pastor Maldonado got plenty of laps in during the last few hours. He is back in the Williams garage at the moment having a little drink and is due to head out again soon for some tyre work. Nico Hulkenberg, meanwhile, has improved his best lap time slightly with 1:19.502, lifting him up to fifth on the timesheet. Sauber seem pretty happy with how things have gone.


    Sam Chapman on Twitter: "It annoys me that especially the new drivers in F1 are perceived by many as buying their way into F1. Valtteri Bottas looks talented though!"

    Alex Clarke on Twitter: "Valtteri Bottas could well push Pastor Maldonado this year. Max Chilton v Luiz Razia v Giedo Van der Garde v Charles Pic will make back of the field battle interesting."

    Kev Bassett on Twitter: "Hope to see more closer racing this year. Would be nice to see the lower end teams rack up the points and who knows a podium?"

  121. 1441: 
    Ferrari's Felipe Massa

    Felipe Massa quietly going about his business in Jerez. He will have aspirations of getting the better of team-mate Fernando Alonso this season, but can he actually do it? Massa already lost out to Alonso in an ice kart race last month, probably best not to read too much into that though...

  122. 1446: 

    Still waiting for Luiz Razia to re-emerge for Marussia after his car came to a halt just before midday. The exact cause of the stop is still shrouded in mystery also.


    Olly, via text: "Would love to see all the rookies earn their place on the grid. There's been to much moving around recently, would like to see drivers have more than one season to prove themselves. Think only Valtteri Bottas will have the machinery to impress though, possibly Esteban Gutierrez.

    Ian, via text: "Gutierrez will struggle to compete against the highly talented Nico Hulkenberg. However I expect Max Chilton to shine and land a seat at a big team in a year or two."

  124. 1452: 

    Sergio Perez is on the hard compound now and his first few laps on the new tyres sees him steadily improve his times, although he is still a good three seconds down on the 1m19.572s he managed earlier. Perez has already put his McLaren through 74 laps today and could well see that figure rise to close to 90 by the end of this session.


    Alex Rayment on Twitter: "I would expect Max Chilton to do well this year given the family pedigree, his brother Tom is an excellent driver in BTCC

    Mike Knowles on Twitter: "Esteban Gutierrez is an interesting one. once called 'the chosen one' his entire career has been about preparing for F1, not taking junior titles."

  126. 1500: 

    Looks like Paul di Resta is about to hand over the Force India reins to test and simulator driver James Rossiter. One hour of the session remaining.


    Adam, via text: "I think I'll throw in my two cents in and say that Romain Grosjean will win an F1 race this year. He has the talent and looks like the car does as well."

  128. 1507: 

    Out goes James Rossiter in Force India's VJM06 after Paul di Resta racked up 95 laps earlier, while Sergio Perez returns to the pits after 14 laps on the hard compound.

  129. 1516: 

    Red Bull's Mark Webber produces a string of laps all in the 1m24s, while James Rossiter is heading back down the pit lane after completing six laps in the Force India, with his best time 1m23.943s.

  130. 1520: 

    1 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1m18.218s

    2 Paul di Resta (Force India) 1m19.003s

    3 Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 1m19.134s

    4 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 1m19.338s

    5 Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber) 1m19.502s

    6 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1m19.519s

    7 Sergio Perez (McLaren) 1m19.572s

    8 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1m19.914s

    9 Pastor Maldonado (Williams) 1m20.693s

    10 Giedo van der Garde (Caterham) 1m21.311s

    11 Luiz Razia (Marussia) 1m23.537s

    12 James Rossiter (Force India) 1m23.943s


    Oliver, via text: "Mark Webber has done almost two grands prix worth of laps today and yesterday, impressive fitness considering his age!"

  132. 1526: 

    Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg had the track to themselves just now but have been joined by James Rossiter, who is out on the soft tyres. He clocks 1m23.139s to move above Luiz Razia, who remains in the Marussia garage. Could be wrong, but doesn't look like we will be seeing them back out there in the next 35 minutes.

  133. 1527: 

    Had a few of you asking for some wise words from our technical analyst Gary Anderson. Well you are in for a treat as he has just returned from a wander trackside to get a close-up view of the cars in action. His thoughts coming your way next...

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson in Jerez

    "I've been out on the track watching the cars and the Lotus continues to look very impressive. The front end is always there, the traction is good and Romain Grosjean is able to be committed on the throttle. Sergio Perez was on a long run in the McLaren and he was very consistent. It also looks pretty good. The Toro Rosso has lost its edge from yesterday - now the rear is moving too much, which was always their problem last year. Red Bull I believe are concentrating on reliability before some upgrades but at the moment it looks like a one-line car - if the driver misses the turn-in, it's hard to get the nose back on line. The Ferrari looks OK, but its tyres are going off more quickly than some others - and it's not always riding the bumps as well as the best."

  135. 1534: 

    A gaggle (can I even group people as such?) of fans in attendance today, taking up the chance to enjoy a day in the sun, coupled with the sights and sounds of fast cars.


    Adam Smith on Twitter: "I know you can't draw to many conclusions from TWO days of testing but could Romain Grosjean be a dark horse this year?"

    No reason not to rule him out at all, but he was quick also in testing last year.

  137. 1540: 

    Romain Grosjean is back in the Lotus garage after completing 11 timed laps, his last coming in at 1m27.376s. James Rossiter, meanwhile, has squeezed some more pace out of the Force India to clock 1m21.273s - the 10th fastest time of the day.

  138. 1542: 

    Just under 20 minutes remaining and only Mark Webber and Nico Hulkenberg are in with a realistic chance of breaking the 100-lap barrier for today. Webber has completed 96 laps while Hulkenberg has managed 93. That is a lot of time out in the car.

  139. 1546: 

    Ben, via text: "Great to see the teams being kept fresh with people moving around and a good number of rookies getting off the starting blocks, just disappointed Kamui Kobayashi hasn't got a seat after putting in such a quality performance last year."

  140. 1550: 

    Just Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Massa on the circuit at the moment as day two testing winds down. Massa has just reeled off six timed laps, averaging times in the 1m21s. He has one more day of testing before Pedro de la Rosa heads out in the Ferrari on Friday.

  141. 1552: 

    Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado have now been joined on the circuit by Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean for the final 10 minutes. Can't see Grosjean's 1m18.218s posted earlier being challenged.


    Phil, via text: "Re Adam Smith tweet. Romain Grosjean isn't be a dark horse simply because he won't finish enough races!"

  143. 1559: 

    Having been impressed with the reliability of Romain Grosjean's Lotus today, it has only gone and stopped on the circuit. Nico Hulkenberg also appears to have come to a halt, with both incidents resulting in the fourth red flag of the day.

  144. 1604: 

    May well not be a reliability issue and instead be a fuel run test but nevertheless it has brought a premature end to the session. Prepare for an overly dramatic end of play entry as a consequence...

  145. 1605: 


  146. 1608: 

    1 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1m18.218s

    2 Paul di Resta (Force India) 1m19.003s

    3 Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 1m19.134s

    4 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 1m19.338s

    5 Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber) 1m19.502s

    6 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1m19.519s

    7 Sergio Perez (McLaren) 1m19.572s

    8 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1m19.914s

    9 Pastor Maldonado (Williams) 1m20.693s

    10 James Rossiter (Force India) 1m21.273s

    11 Giedo van der Garde (Caterham) 1m21.311s

    12 Luiz Razia (Marussia) 1m23.537s


    Marussia on Twitter: "Unfortunately we were unable to get out on track again due to the red flag in the dying minutes of the session."

  148. 1613: 

    So once again there is not too much to be gained from reading into the fastest lap times on day two of testing. The biggest talking point to come from the session was Lewis Hamilton's crash. The braking problem that caused it is the second successive issue Mercedes have had, after an electrical problem cut short Nico Rosberg's time on the circuit on Tuesday.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson in Jerez

    "The two problems suffered by Mercedes on their first two days of testing are not major but they have cost the team a lot of laps, which is a set-back with only 12 days of testing before the start of the season. Nico Rosberg's problem on day one was an electrical fault and Lewis Hamilton suffered a failure of a rear brake fitting on Wednesday. So before Thursday they will have to re-do the brakes and fix the pick-up points. In the brief running they have done so far, they haven't been slow, with the proviso we do not know the fuel loads they in reality anyone else was running. So it's a set-back, but not an insurmountable one. However, they don't need too many more of them."


    Nico Rosberg on Twitter: "A day off for me. another tough day for us but we will be back stronger tomorrow."

  151. 1620: 

    Mark Webber 101 laps

    Nico Hulkenberg 99

    Romain Grosjean 95

    Paul di Resta 95

    Giedo van der Garde 88

    Daniel Ricciardo 83

    Sergio Perez 81

    Felipe Massa 78

    Pastor Maldonado 71

    Luiz Razia 31

    James Rossiter 19

    Lewis Hamilton 15

  152. 1630: 

    OK it is time for me to wrap up this live text commentary on day two of testing in Jerez. Certainly an eventful start to the day with Lewis Hamilton crashing out. I wonder what Thursday will bring for Mercedes? Join me again at 0745GMT to find out.

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