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Summary

  1. Penultimate day of the final pre-season test
  2. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes posts fastest time
  3. Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg set fastest overall time of Barcelona tests yesterday
  4. First race is the Australian Grand Prix on 15 March

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Andrew Benson's report will be on the website very soon.

Please join us again tomorrow. The final day of pre-season testing 2015 starts at 08:00 GMT.

Final pre-season test, day three times and laps completed

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:23.022 (76)

2. Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:23.262 (102)

3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:23.276 (136)

4. Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) 1:24.191 (132)

5. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:24.200 (116)

6. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) 1:24.477 (123)

7. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 1:24.939 (158)

8. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 1:25.225 (39)

9. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:25.742 (128)

Chequered flag

You can stick a fork in this day of testing. We are all done.

One more day to come tomorrow and then attention can finally turn to the opening race of the season in Australia in a fortnight.

Full times coming up.

F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona

"Lewis Hamilton, who has done 76 laps, and Kevin Magnussen, who did 39, are the only two drivers not to complete over 100 laps today."

Red flag

Carlos Sainz, moments after posting his best time of the day, slows to a halt at turn three.

Super-soft shake-up

As before lunch, we have a few drivers out there on the super-softs looking for some Hollywood times.

Carlos Sainz is one of those in the Toro Rosso, going fourth with a 1:24.191.

Lotus' Romain Grosjean is up to fifth after a 1:24.200 on the same tyre.

F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona

"Honda F1 boss Yasuhisa Arai and McLaren racing director Eric Boullier have just finished a media briefing, following the curtailment of their day's running with an oil leak. Boullier said the situation was 'not so negative or disappointing' because 'we were not expecting to cover 100 laps every day'.

"As for the Australian Grand Prix in two weeks' time, Boullier said: 'We won't be as ready as we'd like but we will do our best.'"

Green flag

Ericsson's car is taken away and we're off again.

Red flag

Marcus Ericsson has stopped his Sauber at turn three.

My car's prettier than yours - #bbcf1

We're asking which car you think is the looker of 2015.

Dan White: "It's got to be the Mercedes.... Looks a little like the 2006 McLaren from the front, with its thin nose section."

anthony wyatt: "Force India or Sauber. Can't make me mind up. That's an OAP for you."

Charles Crook: "Of the current lot the black and white Red Bull is the best looking, even if its just a temporary paint job."

Androsid: "Force India is one #beautifulbeast"

Of course, the discussion via #bbcf1 quickly turned to classics of the past, with the Jordan 191, Benetton B194, Arrows A20 and the JPS Lotus all getting shout outs.

Jo Lantru even suggested the stunning motor below. I'm not sure we can accept this one though.

Jeremy Clarkson
BBC

Hamilton goes quickest

As we enter the final hour the gloves come off and Lewis Hamilton immediately jumps the Mercedes to the top of the pile.

On the soft tyre, the world champion does a 1:23.022, two-tenths faster than the previous best today by Felipe Massa, which don't forget was a lap done on the super-soft Pirelli.

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes
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One hour left

Sadly we've not had too much in the way of tumbling lap times to report with the teams switching to longer runs since lunch.

Still, here's where we're at. The times have not change much since the break but note the number of laps piled on.

1. Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:23.262 (102 laps)

2. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:23.276 (125)

3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:23.648 (61)

4. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) 1:24.477 (103)

5. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) 1:24.939 (143)

6. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 1:25.225 (39)

7. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:25.742 (111)

8. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:27.950 (105)

9. Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) 1:26.330 (121)

Williams call time on Massa's pre-season

Williams tweet: "And that's day [three] finished for us and @MassaFelipe19's winter test programme completed. Next stop Melbourne."

Well not quite. Bottas has to have another go tomorrow.

Magnussen: 'Great to be back'

Kevin Magnussen on Twitter: "Great to be back in the car today. The #McLarenHonda feels great! Plenty more to come from this one. Thanks for all the support today guys!"

Hair-raising time for Carlos

Toro Rosso tweet: "And this is what happens when you take your helmet off after 121 laps!! @carlosainz #HelmetHair"

Toro Rosso
Toro Rosso

The lovely, lovely Sauber

Did I mention that I like the look of the new Sauber C34? Because I do. Very much. Nice shade of blue.

In fact, the wholesale winter rhinoplasty undertaken on those hideous 2014 noses has resulted in a rather handsome bunch of F1 cars.

Let me know your favourite of the new breed using #bbcf1.

Marcus Ericsson in the Sauber
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Confirmation from McLaren

McLaren tweet: "An oil leak has stopped play, so that's a wrap for today. We'll be back tomorrow for more #F1Testing."

Bad luck returns to bite McLaren and Honda

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"Oh dear. Just when things were suddenly looking up for McLaren, they hit another problem.

"After Jenson Button completed 101 laps on Friday and Kevin Magnussen another 38 this morning with no issues, it was beginning to look as if they might - just might - have got over the hill on the reliability front.

"But after the eagle-eyed Ben Edwards spotted that Magnussen's car had been wheeled back into the garage trailing fluid, the team have now called it a day.

"That fluid was oil, from a leak. McLaren now have just eight hours' running to sort themselves out before first practice at the Australian Grand Prix."

Day over for McLaren

Ben Edwards' mince pies didn't fail him.

There was indeed a leak on the McLaren. Oil to be precise.

Game over after just 39 laps. Tough on Kevin Magnussen.

Whither Kev?

Now that Mercedes are back up and running the wooden spoon for laps completed has passed to McLaren.

Kevin Magnussen has done just one lap since lunch, moving his tally to 39. The 100 laps done by Jenson Button yesterday does not look in danger of being emulated.

Worth remembering, of course, that BBC commentator Ben Edwards reported a fluid leak on the MP4-30 earlier (see 13:36).

Kevin Magnussen
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What of Red Bull?

I don't seem to have typed out the words Red Bull or Daniel Ricciardo much today, so I should probably check in with them.

The Australian has very quietly got on with putting up 94 laps in the RB11 today, although his best time of 1:25.742 is good only for seventh place.

He's has not, however, indulged in any soft-tyre laps, so when he does you can expect the Red Bull to climb the order.

Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull
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Hamilton back on track

Mercedes have completed their "experimental" set-up work and Lewis Hamilton is out on track for the first time in a good few hours.

He's on the medium tyre and does a 1:30.327 followed by a 1:26.686.

We'll watch the progress of the experiment with interest...

Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes

Ton up Hulk

Force India on Twitter: "That's a century! 100 laps on the board for Nico who keeps putting mileage on the VJM08. And on he goes..."

Nico Hulkenberg of Force India
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F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona

"Carlos Sainz and Kimi Raikkonen are both doing race simulations and were running fairly closely together on the track. Sainz was ahead, but Raikkonen closed in and overtook him."

'This is testing'

Toro Rosso tweet: "Laps and more laps. This is the 80th time that @carlosainz crosses start/finish line. More to come, this is testing!"

Carlos Sainz
Toro Rosso

Century on the board for Kimi

Kimi Raikkonen's race-simulation work for Ferrari has made him the first driver to stampede into three-figure territory.

He's on 106 laps and still the figure is climbing. With two and a half hours left in the day that Ferrari could truly clock up some serious mileage today.

The Force India of Nico Hukenberg is also about to bring up lap number 100.

Race-sim work for Kimi

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen appears to be on a race-simulation run this afternoon. It will be fascinating later to compare his times with those of Hamilton and the two Red Bull drivers last week."

Oh all right, one more from the archive

Damiano has been in touch using #bbcf1 and points out that there may be pictures to rival the earlier one of Graham and Damon Hill. The below example being one of them.

He's probably right.

Reading left to right, we have Bruce McLaren (100 grands prix, four wins), Stirling Moss (66 grands prix, 16 wins), Tony Brooks (38 grands prix, six wins), Graham Hill (two titles, 176 grands prix, 14 wins), Jo Bonnier (104 grands prix, one win) and Wolfgang von Trips (27 grands prix, two wins), with young Damon (one title, 115 races, 22 wins) at centre, on 17 July 1961.

That's three world titles, 511 races and 65 wins right there, folks. #calculator

Tragically, Ferrari driver Von Trips would die less than two months after this photograph was taken, killed in an accident at Monza while leading the championship. His team-mate Phil Hill went on to take the title, with Von Trips a posthumous runner-up by one point.

Bruce McLaren, Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks, Graham Hill, Jo Bonnier, Wolfgang von Trips, Damon Hill
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F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona

"Williams technical boss Pat Symonds talked with the media this afternoon. He is pleased with the progress that Williams has made in winter testing.

"He said: 'So far it has gone quite smoothly. As the testing restrictions get harder and harder you have to become more and more disciplined in the way you test. You have just 12 days to cover all the reliability, all the systems, and start looking at performance. Thus far it has gone absolutely on plan - we have not had to change anything. We have got through all the work we planned to do by this stage. We have not spent a lot of time chasing performance in the car. In fact in the first two tests, absolutely nothing in the performance way. At this final test we are now just starting to exercise it a little bit and see what we can get out of it. It looks reasonably promising at the moment. There is still a way to go.'

Get involved - #bbcf1

Henry Evans: "So merc are still in a league of their own... BUT can't wait for the battle behind! Ricciardo vs Vettel vs Bottas = Tasty."

Michael Powell: "V impressive reliability from Force India after only starting to run 2015 car yesterday. Dark horses for a good points haul in Aus?"

David Boyle: "Towards the end of tomorrow's testing, McLaren to turn the Honda engine up to full capacity and set the fastest lap."

Peter Smith: "I've always supported McLaren and look forward to the new Honda partnership, but that Force India looks amazingly improved, well done."

Heath Brett: "Shame the Mercs look so far ahead again, and I can't see any epic battles between Rosberg & Hamilton to liven things ZZzzzz!!!!"

F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona

"Christian Horner has headed off on a motor scooter. He's no doubt going out around the circuit to see how the Red Bull RB11 goes through the corners."

Still no sign of Mercedes and Hamilton

Mercedes reported in the hour before lunch that they would be making some "experimental set-up changes" before hitting the track again.

Well, whatever that experiment is it's still ongoing.

They've now lost 90 minutes of track time to it and Lewis Hamilton remains mired on just 36 laps for the day. For comparison, Kimi Raikkonen has put up 78 laps and counting for Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton
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Like father, like son

Just returning briefly to Graham Hill and Damon Hill.

There is of course only one picture that truly epitomises the only father and son to each become F1 world champion, and it's this cracker from 1964.

Graham and Damon Hill
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And maybe trouble for Lotus too?

Ben Edwards

BBC F1 commentator

"Some puffs of what looks like oil smoke from back of Lotus on this lap."

Problems at McLaren?

Ben Edwards

BBC F1 commentator

"I'm just in front of the McLaren garage. Magnussen was due to come in and go straight out (they moved me out of way) but then he stopped just before the box, they had to wheel it back in and fluid had leaked onto ground which they're now cleaning up. Looked more like coolant than oil but not sure."

"Also just beginning to see some clouds forming overhead after a beautifully clear morning."

Dress bantz from Williams

Williams tweets: "Pat confirms the #FW37 is white and blue not #blackandblue or #whiteandgold although it has got some red #bandwagon"

Williams
Williams

Massa and Kimi settle in for longer runs

It's been a slow-burner since the restart.

Felipe Massa is doing a long run on the hard tyre for Williams, while Kimi Raikkonen is also going long for Ferrari on the medium.

Kevin Magnussen in the McLaren briefly joined them but came straight back into the pits.

F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona

"Romain Grosjean talked with the media during the lunch break. The 2015 Lotus is a much better car than last year's E22. 'You can push it hard trying to find the limit,' he said."

knutson
knutson

Who, what, where, when? Bonus round answer

This one didn't fool too many either.

Graham Hill, the world champion of 1962 and 1968, sits astride his motorbike as he chats with son Damon, who would become champion himself in 1996.

Dan Brown ‏was among those to get in touch with the right answer. He also correctly said the pic was taken in 1975 AND that the bike is a Bultaco Alpina (I'll take your word on that one).

Graham and Damon Hill
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Green flag flies

Lunchtime is over kids. Back to it.

Felipe Massa, quickest this morning, bounds straight onto the track like an eager puppy.