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  1. Final pre-season test lasts four days
  2. Hydraulic leak ends McLaren's day with just seven laps completed
  3. McLaren boss Ron Dennis expects Fernando Alonso to race in Australia
  4. Williams' Felipe Massa sets fastest time of Barcelona tests
  5. Hybrid issue forces Mercedes to end first day an hour early
  6. First race is Australia on 15 March

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye for now

Right, that's us done for today. Keep an eye out for Andrew Benson's day one testing report going up on the website shortly.

Thanks for your company today and let's do it all again tomorrow.

Third pre-season test: Barcelona - day one times

1. Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:23.500 (103 laps)

2. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) 1:24.276 (122)

3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:24.881 (48)

4. Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) 1:25.947 (75)

5. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:26.177 (75)

6. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:26.327 (80)

7. Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) 1:26.962 (86)

8. Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:31.479 (7)

Chequered flag

And that's us done for today.

The first day of the final pre-season test ends with Felipe Massa quickest for Williams, ahead of Sauber's Marcus Ericsson and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

We'll wrap up all the times for you in a moment.

Five minute warning

We're winding down in Barcelona. Ericsson, Kvyat, Grosjean, Raikkonen and Sainz are out on track.

Any late drama to come?

Ericsson up to P2

We sang Sauber's praises a short time ago and things are looking even better for the Swiss outfit now. Now shod with super-soft tyres, Marcus Ericsson's car has slotted into second after a 1:24.610.

Ok, it's probably on light fuel and is the equivalent of a goalkeeper making a save 'for the cameras', but what the hell.

Don't forget, this is a team that failed to score a point last season for the first time in their history. On this evidence a repeat of that misery in 2015 is unlikely.

Toro Rosso back on track

Toro Rosso on Twitter: "We lost a bit of track time this afternoon, but team has done a great job working against the clock & we're out again."

Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso ground to a halt a couple of hours ago with an unspecified problem.

Williams are good - but Mercedes still have the edge

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"Felipe Massa has set a new fastest time of the winter on Thursday with his pace-setting lap of one minute 23.500 seconds. But that is still not necessarily as impressive as the 1:24.881 Lewis Hamilton set in the morning.

"Let me explain. For one thing, Massa was on soft tyres and Hamilton on mediums. And the softs are reckoned to be 1.2secs a lap faster. Then there is the fact that Massa did only one flying lap, and Hamilton did his time on a 12-lap run.

"Assuming that each had only enough fuel for the run they did - a big assumption, admittedly - that means Hamilton could have gone about another 0.5secs quicker. Which would put him on a 1:23.0. And then bear in mind that Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg did a 1:24.321 on mediums on Sunday."

Ericsson impresses for Sauber

It's been a good innings from Sauber today.

They started off the day with a lovely pic of the new C34 idling in a chilly pit lane (see 09:07), and have ended it with more than 100 laps in the bank and some strong times on the board to boot.

Marcus Ericsson has not put a wheel wrong today, ticking off 110 laps and counting. With a best time of 1:25.330, the Swede is currently third fastest, ahead of Red Bull, Lotus and Ferrari.

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Problems at Mercedes

While nothing drastic, today's gremlins are a significant setback for the Mercedes team.

After minimal disruption to their pre-season running so far, to lose an entire afternoon's running at this stage is far from ideal, particularly with Williams hitting their straps.

It's is particularly tough on Lewis Hamilton, who has lost crucial running time and will now just have one more day in the car before the action proper kicks off in Australia in a few weeks.

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Mercedes finished for the day

Mercedes on Twitter: "That's our day done. Problem diagnosed as MGUK failure. Crew working hard to make sure we're back in business tomorrow. #BackToWork #F1"

'MGUK' is the Motor Generator Unit - Kinetic. This is one of two energy recovery systems that comprise the ERS power-boost system.

By the way...

The thought belatedly occurs that Ron Dennis's

"devoid of all injuries" comment earlier was a classic of the Ron-speak genre.

That is all.

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Pictures of the day so far

Kimi Raikkonen
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Kimi Raikkonen has quietly got on with the task for Ferrari today. The 2007 world champion has churned out 54 laps for the Scuderia without ever really catching the eye. His best time is nearly three seconds off pacesetter Felipe Massa, albeit on slower tyres.

Pictures of the day so far

Carlo Sainz
Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz blatted along happily for 59 laps today before a problem forced the STR10 to grind to a halt. He's yet to get back out with a little over an hour remaining.

Get involved - #bbcf1

Alec Byhurst: "The Williams pace is genuine, can't quite match Mercedes but they're a solid second. Australia always throws a strange result though."

carmic: "McLaren are still waiting to announce a title sponsor. Do you think we will see them in Australia in the yellow & black of the AA?"

Dan White: "I'm a little confused by McLaren Honda, haven't they had a whole year to get ready?"

James Docherty: "Continual coverage of McLaren 'testing woes' but Force India have 0 miles on their 2015 car. BBC F1 coverage currently a 1-note tune."

Michael Boxwell: "Great news that Manor Racing appear to be back. Can't wait to see their new livery, even if 2015 is a rebuilding year."

The times they are a-changin'

Here's where we stand with around 90 minutes left to run today.

Felipe Massa sits atop the pile with his soft-tyre-aided 1:23.500, having earlier set a time on the mediums that compared favourably to the hitherto dominant-looking Mercedes.

Special mention to Marcus Ericsson too. The Swede gets a biscuit and a pat on the head as today's endurance star, cracking a century of laps for Sauber.

1. Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:23.500 (77 laps)

2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:24.881 (48)

3. Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) 1:25.947 (58)

4. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:26.177 (46)

5. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:26.327 (45)

6. Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) 1:27.261 (59)

7. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) 1:27.802 (100)

8. Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:31.479 (7)

Hybrid system problems for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton's absence from the track has been explained anyway.

Mercedes have tweeted: "Failure in the Hybrid system keeping us in the garage currently. Crew working hard to fix it as we speak."

Lewis Hamilton
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Get involved

We'd like your views on what we've seen so far today.

What do you make of Williams' pace - are they a genuine challenger to Mercedes? What now for McLaren after another difficult day? And what of Ferrari and Red Bull?

Any and all comments welcome. Send them in using #bbcf1

F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona

"A different type of F1 refuelling stop. The transporters have been here in Barcelona for days, so their diesel fuel tanks need to be refilled in order to run the generators that power the lights and auxiliary equipment."


Massa improves further on soft tyre

After coming close to the best medium-tyre lap time of the two Barcelona tests thus far, it's no surprise to see Felipe Massa strap on a pair of soft boots and go for the glory of the fastest time of the test overall.

The Brazilian's time of 1:23.500 is half a second faster than Lotus' Roman Grosjean managed in the first Barcelona test, which had stood as the fastest overall time, although set on the super-soft tyre.

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Lotus sign Jorda as development driver

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"Well, here's a surprise. Unexpectedly, Lotus have announced that Spanish female GP3 driver Carmen Jorda has joined the team as development driver.

"It is an echo of the situation at Williams with Susie Wolff, who had that title last year before being given an upgrade to test driver this season.

"Jorda will work in the simulator this year with the aim of readying herself for a test in the F1 car later this year."

Carmen Jorda

Ou est Lewis?

But where, I hear you asking, is Lewis Hamilton while Massa is out there thundering around?

Well, he remains in the pits, his lap tally still standing at 48, as it was at lunchtime.

There's no suggestion of any major drama in the Merc garage.

Massa goes quickest

He's been threatening it for a while now and finally he delivers. Felipe Massa sets the quickest time of the day with a 1:24.687, around two-tenths up on Lewis Hamilton's previous best.

Crucially, that lap from the Williams man came on the medium compound tyre that Hamilton was using this morning, and is just three-tenths off the best medium-tyre time of the two Barcelona tests so far, set by Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Of course the usual rider about fuel levels applies, but that is nevertheless encouraging for everyone who does not want to see the Mercedes run and hide come Melbourne.

F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona

"While Felipe Massa is out there testing the new aero package on the Williams, his team-mate Valtteri Bottas is monitoring things from the pit wall."


Track clear. Green running again

Sainz's car has been cleared and we're under way again. Just over two and a half hours of this first day remains.

Red flag

Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso has stopped out on track and we have our second red flag of the day.

The Spanish rookie has stopped at turn 10 but there's no word on the nature of the problem yet.

Sainz has run well to this point, amassing 59 laps with a best time of 1:27.261.

Hydraulic leak compounds problems at McLaren

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"Not long after Ron Dennis's half-hour news conference on the subject of Fernando Alonso's wellbeing, the team have suffered yet another blow.

"They say they are stopping running after discovering a water leak in the engine. Jenson Button had done just seven laps so far.

"If McLaren and Honda can't fix these repeated problems, its getting dangerously close to the point where even if Alonso is fit for Australia, you'd have to question whether there is any point him turning up."

Jenson Button
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Massa chipping into Hamilton's time

Meanwhile, back on track, Felipe Massa is continuing to pound round. He's now improved to a 1:25.133 - just a quarter of a second from Lewis Hamilton's best time.

McLaren turn it in for the day

McLaren on Twitter: "We're bringing the shutters down on today - a hydraulic leak means we need to change the engine. #TestingIsTesting"

McLaren's day ends after just seven laps, the best of which was more than six seconds shy of the benchmark pace of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. McLaren's troubled pre-season continues...

Hamilton's cockpit selfie

Lewis Hamilton is much loved at BBC Towers by those who cobble together our esteemed F1 Gossip page because the guy is social media gold.

When he's not posting a picture of himself sitting on the wing of his private jet, he's eyeballing Taylor Swift at the Brits - or, as below, taking a selfie in the cockpit of his Mercedes.

Keep up the good work Lewis. The Gossip column needs you.

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton/Twitter

Massa pumping the laps in

After a brief lull, it's all go on track now. Felipe Massa has been busy since the resumption. He's now done more laps than anyone today - 52 as I type - with Williams seemingly switching to a race simulation for this afternoon.

Carlos Sainz is up to sixth place in the Toro Rosso thanks to a 1:27.640, while the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen has also improved. The Finn has done a 1:26.553 on the medium tyre and is up to fourth.

Pictures of the day so far

Daniil Kvyat
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Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat has provided the day's (minor) drama thus far, stalling his RB11 on his way out the pits to bring out the red flag inside 10 minutes.

Pictures of the day so far

Jenson Button
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This has been a rare sight today - a McLaren rolling out of the garage. Jenson Button has managed just seven laps so far as the team continue to try to get to grips with their new challenger.

Track action remains at a premium

Felipe Massa's early outing after lunch came close to his morning best - punching in a 1:25.963 - but with that he's back in the pits.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso also ventured out but also returned to the pit lane in quick order.

Still we wait for this day to catch light...

Who, what, when, where? The answers

Thanks to all of you who played our blurry-picture game thing earlier (the title needs some work).

Among incorrect driver guesses were Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Allan McNish, Keke Rosberg and David Coulthard.

For the year, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993 and 1996 were all wrong.

Erroneous track guesses included Adelaide, Silverstone, Estoril and Imola.

But plenty of you were right, and you told me it was Mika Hakkinen and his stricken McLaren, just moments after he had triggered a huge multi-car crash at the start of the 1994 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

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Green flag. We're back testing

Ok, lunch time over. Time for more track action.

The rain has stopped and Felipe Massa of Williams is the first man out.

Let's do this.

Who, what, when, where?

Time for more idle nonsense to pass the lunch break.

We have (very scientifically) blurred the below picture.

If you can work out from this who the driver and car is, what just happened and at which track and in which year it occurred, you will earn my lasting respect.

Answer using #bbcf1

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Alonso set to race in Australia - Dennis

Fernando Alonso

Andrew Benson and Lee McKenzie's story from today's McLaren news conference is now online.

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis said Fernando Alonso is "completely lucid", "normal" and should be fine to race in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix despite last Sunday's crash.

Read the full article here.

Get involved - caption competition. #bbcf1

With the lunch break comes a chance to catch up on our caption competition we set you earlier. Here's a few of your responses to the below pic of Max and Jos Verstappen.

Nick Peart: "If you want to look old enough to drive in F1 I think we should get you a cap that fits... What about one of these?"

lfcrule1972: "Look Max, there's a new game on the App Store called FlappyMcLaren. Seems there are a lot of bugs in it though."

Richard Chappell ‏"Look at this Max, Madonna was on stage and a Minotaur pulled her over by a cloak. Best Brit Awards ever don't you think?"

Chris Cullen: "So son, you just swipe right if you fancy her and left if you don't. Simple."

Jos and Max Vertsappen
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And that's lunch

That's the morning session done. Here's the times and laps competed so far.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leads the way in both lap time and mileage. At other end, the McLaren of Jenson Button is well off the pace after managing just seven laps.

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:24.881 (48 laps)

2. Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:25.763 (29)

3. Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) 1:25.947 (45)

4. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:27.079 (33)

5. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) 1:27.802 (33)

6. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:27.813 (28)

7. Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) 1:27.866 (34)

8. Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:31.479 (7)

All quiet on track

Back on the asphalt, there's little to report.

That rain shower rather took the life out of what was already a low-key session. Lewis Hamilton and Daniil Kvyat went out in the Mercedes and Red Bull respectively, but their times were predictably well off the pace.

The lunch break looms.