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Summary

  1. Second day of final pre-season testing
  2. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg sets fastest time of Barcelona tests
  3. Problems for Daniil Kvyat and Jenson Button bring out red flags
  4. Button nevertheless completes 100 laps for McLaren
  5. Fernando Alonso says he's 'completely fine' in video message
  6. Manor Marussia confirmed on 2015 entry list

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and bye for now

OK, that's the live action all finished for today. Thanks, as always, for your company. Andrew Benson's day-two report will be live on the website shortly.

There are two more testing days to come this weekend and we'll bring you all the action, starting tomorrow at 08:00 GMT.

See you then.

Day two testing times and laps completed

1. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:22.792 (106 laps)

2. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 1:23.995 (90)

3. Felipe Nasr (Sauber) 1:24.071 (141 laps)

4. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1:25.339 (143)

5. Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:25.590 (101)

6. Pastor Maldonado (Lotus) 1:26.705 (140)

7. Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) 1:26.766 (139)

8. Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) 1:26.965 (84)

9. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 1:28.412 (77)

Chequered flag

And on that rather confusing note testing is completed for the day.

The headline of the day is Nico Rosberg's quite stunning lap for Mercedes that has really thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of the grid.

The McLaren ran for 100 laps, comfortably the best display for the team so far this winter, while the Sauber again showed encouraging pace and reliability and the new Force India was quick and reliable straight out the box, managing a mighty 77 laps from half a day's running.

Full times coming up.

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Red flag

Oooh, that's got to be annoying.

Lotus's Pastor Maldonado has caused the late, late delay, stopping in the pit entry. At least it won't take much retrieving.

Green flag waves

The handful of drivers still in the game have seven minutes to squeeze out a little more precious mileage.

Williams finished for the day

Williams tweet: "With 20 minutes left of the day we have completed our programme so car is being prepped ready for tomorrow."

Williams call time on their day with Valtteri Bottas having completed 90 laps and sitting second only to the lightning Mercedes.

Button stops on track

We see it with cricketers all the time. A batsman brings up his century and then - wallop - out next ball. Well, that's just what's happened to Jenson Button.

The McLaren man had just ticked off his 100th lap of the day (against the seven managed yesterday) but on his very next lap out of the pits he ground to a halt at turn seven.

It's frustrating for the team after a good day, but they can take comfort from the fact that their lap total today is fully half the amount they managed in all the nine previous test days put together.

Red flag

Of course, by 'glory runs' I meant red flags.

Into the final 20 minutes we go

It's been fairly quiet since Nico Rosberg blew all our doors off with that searing soft-tyre run.

Still, that should change as the chequered flag looms ever closer. Expect a few glory runs in the next 20 minutes.

F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona

"A race distance here is 66 laps. With just over 40 minutes to go in the session, Nico Hulkenberg did his 66th lap of the day, so now every driver has done at least 66 laps. Felipe Nasr, Sebastian Vettel, Pastor Maldonado and Max Verstappen have all completed more than two race distances."

Day over for Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso

tweet to say their Friday running is done due to an electrical problem.

They won't be down about that though, with 139 hitherto trouble-free laps from Max Verstappen safely in the bank.

Max seems pretty satisfied.

Max Verstappen
Toro Rosso

Have Mercedes finally shown their true pace?

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"That fastest time by Nico Rosberg on soft tyres - 0.7secs quicker than Williams driver Felipe Massa managed yesterday and 1.2secs ahead of Valtteri Bottas's second fastest lap today - is stunning, but not surprising in the context of what the testing has revealed so far.

"We reported at last week's test that Lewis Hamilton had been more than 0.8secs quicker than both Red Bulls and Bottas's Williams during race simulations. And the medium-tyre times set by the Mercedes drivers previously - and the length of the runs - had also suggested that sort of margin.

"Of course we don't know the fuel loads the cars are on, but you have to say that all the evidence is that 0.7-0.8secs looks about the advantage Mercedes hold over the field right now."

Nico Rosberg
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Oh, hello...

While I was busy wittering on about Azure-blue skies, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg went out and metaphorically glove-slapped his rivals with a thumping lap of 1:22.792 on the soft tyres.

Have it.

That's the fastest time of the two Barcelona tests so far, the small matter of seven-tenths quicker than the previous best, posted by Felipe Massa in the Williams yesterday.

Nico Rosberg
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Picture of the day

I was cooing over a nice picture from the chaps at Sauber yesterday, which showed the smart C34 idling in a crisp Barca pit lane.

But I think today's offering from Ferrari might just edge it: Sebastian Vettel at full-chat in a scarlet Ferrari with a glorious expanse of Azure-blue sky above.

Sniff.

Ferrari F1
Ferrari F1

Get involved - #bbcf1

Sam Payne: "So glad to see @ManorF1Team back on the grid. Great team and would be weird having less than 20 cars racing."

Claire Fleming: "Anyone else hoping McLaren Honda is hustling us and they actually have no problems with the car?"

Andy Kitney: "I hope the Manor F1 turn a few heads in Melbourne. #loveanunderdog"

Jonathan Bowdin: "Stuffing envelopes at my desk so I can multitask and keep an eye on #bbcf1 testing."

JB klaxon! McLaren up to fifth, closing in on 100 laps

This is more like it from McLaren-Honda.

Jenson Button has put on soft tyres for the first time and the MP4-30 quickly vaults up the order to fifth place. The Briton has done a 1:26.362 and has 'Passed Go' 83 times.

It's still way off the pace of the best soft-tyre runners, but don't forget it is believed the Honda engine is still running at reduced capacity.

Hydraulic sensor issue caused Kvyat stoppage

Red Bull tweet: "A precautionary stop on track to check a hydraulic sensor issue. The Team hope to be back running soon."

Daniil Kvyat
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Broken link fixed

A few of you have reported a broken link to Lee McKenzie's Force India story. Apologies. This is now fixed in the original entry so fill your boots.

Brawn GP - F1's very own fairytale

The whole Brawn GP thing was a belting tale, wasn't it? A fairytale, if you will.

In fact, it was a tale that emerged at just around this time six years ago, in the spring of 2009.

If somehow it passed you by - or you are, say, eight - it was the story of how a team went from near extinction to become world champions, all the space of a few months.

I recommend reading it here. But then I would...

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F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona

"The covered Red Bull got a lot of coverage when it was returned to the pits with more than half a dozen TV cameramen plus a number of photographers on hand as the car was unloaded."

knutson
knutson

Watch: Report on new Force India

Lee McKenzie

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

Lee McKenzie has filed a report on the first appearance of Force India's new car for 2015.

Nico Hulkenberg will drive the VMJ08 until Sunday when he'll hand over to team-mate Sergio Perez for the last day of running - meaning the Mexican will have just one day to acclimatise himself with the car before the new season begins in Australia on 13-15 March.

You can watch Lee's film here.

BBC
BBC

Get involved

So, good news for Manor Marussia this afternoon.

You can get in touch with your thoughts on that, or any F1 yarn, using #bbcf1

McLaren and Force India prop up the pack

Jenson Button's McLaren has done 67 laps and has a best time of 1:28.052. However, the Briton has yet to put on anything quicker than the medium tyre and is also understood to still be on reduced power

The 2009 world champion is second-last, ahead only of the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg. The German is now on the medium compound tyre, though, and has moved to within eight-tenths of the MP4-30 after 25 laps.

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Bottas goes fastest

There's been a flurry of activity and in it all I neglected to say that Valtteri Bottas now tops the timesheets.

The Williams driver has done a 1:23.995 on the soft tyre and has put up 74 laps so far.

The Sauber of Felipe Nasr drops to second, but as yesterday the C34 becomes the first car to bring up 100 laps. Almost simultaneously Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen do likewise for Ferrari and Toro Rosso.

Bottas
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Green flag flying. Back under way

Kvyat's car is cleared from harm's way and we're off again. Just under two and a half hours remain.

Manor Marussia confirmed on 2015 entry list

Manor Marussia have been named on a 10-team Formula 1 entry list on Friday, subject to conditions that included full compliance with the 2015 technical regulations.

The list, which does not include the failed Caterham team, said the revived Manor Marussia F1 team would compete with Ferrari engines.

Marussia, who have clawed their way back from the brink of oblivion, have named Britain's Will Stevens as one of their drivers. However, the governing FIA said that was subject to him holding a super licence.

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Red flag

F1 journalist Dan Knutson: "The Red Bull sounded a bit sick as it went by the media centre. Whether that was because Daniil Kyvat was backing out of the throttle or because the car had a problem is not known. But he stopped down at Turn 1 and that brought out the red flag."

F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona

"Felipe Nasr of Sauber and Pastor Maldonado of Lotus are in the middle of race simulations."

Ferrari say no 'race sim' planned today

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"Sebastian Vettel is focusing on long runs this afternoon, but Ferrari say that a specific race simulation - where teams run the full distance, do pit stops, pick a tyre strategy etc - is not planned. Which is a shame, as we have not yet seen a 'race sim' from Ferrari and it would be nice to look at their times and see how they compared with others who have - notably Mercedes, Williams and Red Bull."

Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari in the pits
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Force India quick out the box

It's been a bright start for Force India and the new VJM08, which only broke cover just before lunch but has already made it into double figures in terms of laps completed.

Nico Hulkenberg's best time of 1:29.866 on an unmarked Pirelli development hints at some good pace in the car. It will be interesting to see how it goes with the soft or super-soft tyre on.

force india
force india

F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona

"Kimi Raikkonen became a father in January. He's not the most talkative driver in the paddock anyway, but he refuses to talk about his son, saying that concerns his private life."

Knutson
ALAMY

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Berwyn Thomas: "Great to see your pic of Fernando back on his feet and looking good."

Pete Thorneycroft: "Lotus livery looking cool."

David Anderson: "Start my new job next month. Is it a good excuse to be in my underwear watching testing. Another 50 laps please McLaren."

Alex Withington: "Without doubt the best day of testing so far for McLaren. Phew! Maybe they will try some shorter/low fuel runs this afternoon."

Sean Barlow: "If McLaren keep putting in the laps, they might be somewhere other than tail enders for the opening sequence of flyaways."

Oh yes, the cars...

We're 24 minutes into the afternoon session and it's largely as-you-were in terms of the standings.

Daniil Kvyat's Red Bull has improved to sixth place after a 1:27.257, while Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari is back on the hard tyres and doing a long run.

Jenson's Button's McLaren, meanwhile, is closing in on a half-century of laps today.

Mystery solved

The case of Max Verstappen and his missing greens could be solved (see 12:53).

I don't want to leap to any wild assumptions, but it seems only too clear the caterers at Honda have swiped the paddock's entire supply of broccoli to make ornate table centres.

Honda
Honda

Pastor back on track

Lotus F1 Team: "Lunch over, time for some laps of the track as a @Pastormaldo digestif"

Lotus F1
Lotus F1

Green flag. Let's go testing again

We're back under way in Barcelona.

Who, what, where, when? #2 The answers

Good grief you lot are good. Some of you even had the temerity to tell me this was even easier than the first one.

Apart from one or two wrong answers (I'm delighted I duped one of you into thinking it was Grosjean and Alonso at Spa a couple of years ago) pretty much 99% of you told me it was the inverted, roll-bar-less Sauber of Pedro Diniz being skirted by the Williams of the magnificent Alex Zanardi. Nurburgring 1999.

Well done to all those who got it right and thanks so much for playing.

I'm off to the archive to find something nice and obscure for tomorrow. I wonder if Toshio Suzuki ever binned an F1 car in an interesting way?

Pedro Diniz and Alex Zanardi
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Eat up young man

At 17, Toro Rosso rookie Max Vertsappen has maybe still got a bit of growing to do, but he won't get very far without any greens in his system.

I mean, just look at what his team has just

tweeted him eating this luchtime. Spaghetti, grated carrot and, erm, Wotsits.

Tsk tsk.

Toro Rosso
Toro Rosso

Alonso says he's 'completely fine' in video message

McLaren's Fernando Alonso has posted a

YouTube message giving an update on his condition after his crash in Barcelona last weekend:

In it, he says: "Hello everyone. as you can see I'm completely fine, I would like to be in the test this week but the doctors' recommendations are to wait a little bit, a couple of days.

"But I will rest this weekend and give you updates next week with progress and see you very soon on the track, and thanks for all the support."

YouTube
YouTube

Trackside view from Lee McKenzie

Lee McKenzie

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

"The Mercedes, with Nico Rosberg at wheel, looks in a different class. Jenson Button has had strong morning compared to previous days testing this season. And also looking committed out there was Max Verstappen who continues to impress his Toro Rosso team.

"Nico Hulkenberg is delighted to get out at last in his 2015 challenger. If all looks well with the car expect a busy afternoon from him."