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  1. Hamilton fastest in second practice
  2. Grosjean's engine cover disintegrates on track
  3. Fourth engine change of the season for Daniel Ricciardo
  4. New livery for McLaren
  5. Get involved: your #bestliveries

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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OK, that's all from us for today but we will be back at 09:30 BST on Saturday for third practice.

You've provided us with some superb suggestions for Formula 1's best livery, so many in fact that we are going to pop together a feature on the best. Watch out for that, and all the reaction from today, online later.

Until tomorrow, cheerio!

Name that livery!

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Loads of you got the correct answers, you are just too darn good.

The answers are:

1: 2006 McLaren

2: 1991 Jordan

3: 1972 Lotus

4: 2007 Honda

Vote - F1's greatest colour scheme

You have spoken. The greatest ever F1 livery is... the 1986 Lotus John Player Special.

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Almost time for us to depart but before we do, the results of the vote and that little quiz we posed during FP2...

So for the 19th time in the last 24 rounds Lewis Hamilton is fastest in second practice.

Elsewhere, pleasing displays from Daniil Kvyat for Red Bull, Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen and McLaren's Jenson Button, as they clock the fifth, sixth and seventh fastest times of the session.

Third practice final positions

1. Hamilton 2. Vettel 3. Rosberg 4. Raikkonen 5. Kvyat 6. Verstappen 7. Button 8. Bottas 9. Sainz 10. Massa 11. Alonso 12. Grosjean 13. Ricciardo 14. Maldonado 15. Nasr 16. Ericsson 17. Hulkenberg 18. Perez 19. Stevens 20. Merhi

Chequered flag

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Chequered flag

Daniel Ricciardo goes 13th fastest with his first flyer with a 1:29.086 just before the chequered flag comes out and it looks like another Mercedes-dominated practice...

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

"Oh good news for Ricciardo who finally manages to get out. 4th and final penalty free power unit in the car so let's hope it doesn't go boom!"

Lewis Hamilton complains of having no grip - a concern of many drivers during today's practice - on the hard tyres as Daniel Ricciardo finally re-emerges on the circuit.

Vote - F1's greatest colour scheme

How on earth did we forget this monster...

Maarten Kalff: 1979 Jan Lammers Shadow DN9 in Samson Livery.

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Tom Clarkson confirms that Daniel Ricciardo is getting strapped into his Red Bull and he's set to have just over five minutes on the circuit.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are all out on the hard tyre.

Ferrari team radio

Kimi Raikkonen: "Do we want to keep just doing laps and laps? Because I'm getting nothing out of it. I'll do it if you want, but..."


Romain Grosjean's return to the circuit in the Lotus sees him clock 1:29.086, the 12th fastest time, before he is told to box.

Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen is racking up the laps on his long run, much to his displeasure...

Force India on Twitter: A programme of long runs for us this afternoon, which means you won't see much in terms of eye-catching times. It's all about testing today!


After his engine cover blew off earlier, Romain Grosjean has been waiting in the Lotus garage for the rear bodywork on his car to be repaired. Thankfully, that has now been done and out he goes for the closing stages.

Vote - F1's greatest colour scheme

One from the present day that almost made the cut...

Byron Afonso: The best livery this season is the Williams Martini livery. Simple, effective & good looking.

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This is the order with just over quarter-of-an-hour remaining.

Red Bull are still hopeful of getting Daniel Ricciardo out for some time on the track as Lewis Hamilton heads in, having just complained about his seat over team radio.

He's complained about a warm seat in previous race weekends this season, while Kimi Raikkonen said his seat was hot in FP1.

Susie Wolff on Twitter: Loved every minute out there this morning.

Teams are embarking on their long runs for this final part of practice with just over 20 minutes remaining. Nico Rosberg, on the medium tyre, is lapping in the low 1:31s, while Sebastian Vettel, on the hard compound, is lapping in the low 1:32s.

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Manor: Will Stevens prepares to head out of the garage on the Option tyre.

Name that livery!

Get involved #bbcf1

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One last push for this little quiz we've put together - can you name the car and year the four livery snippets above are from?

Tweet the four to

#bbcf1 and I'll reveal the answers after second practice.

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This might catch the eye of the stewards. Replays show Sebastian Vettel overtaking Felipe Massa in the pit lane.

Vote - F1's greatest colour scheme

There are plenty of stunners you reckon we've missed, including...

David: Not the must successful, but a beautiful car. Moneytron Onyx 1989.

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Newton Barbosa: Ferrari F60 1989.

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Meanwhile, a cracking lap from Fernando Alonso's team-mate Jenson Button as he puts an encouraging 1:28.494 on the board to go sixth fastest. Is that the step up McLaren were hoping to see?

Turn it off and back on again Fernando. Usually does the job.

McLaren team radio

Fernando Alonso: "I think you have a virus on your computer [if you think the ERS system is working], because it is not charging anything."

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There's no trademark smile on show at the moment as the wait goes on.

As you'd expect, there's plenty of support for Fernando Alonso in the stands today. He's just strapped medium tyres on his McLaren and is out on his qualifying run, clocking a 1:29.803 to slot in P9.

Weird stat of the day (year, decade...)

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Speaking of Daniel Ricciardo, here's the fact you've been waiting most of your life to know. It would take 3.4 quadrillion (yep, quadrillion) Daniel Ricciardo smiles to cover Australia.


courtesy of Red Bull.

Dan? Dan? DAN!

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Still no sign of Daniel Ricciardo. This was the scene in the Red Bull garage 15 or so minutes ago. Will he get out in this session? His team-mate Daniil Kvyat, meanwhile, has the ninth fastest time in this session.

Lotus on Twitter: Still working on Romain's car, we'll give an update on his next run shortly.

Relaxing one minute, smashing it on the circuit the next.

Lewis Hamilton has failed to top FP2 in just five of the last 23 rounds and he is purple through sectors one and two in his first run on the medium rubber. A bit of overseer on his way out of the final chicane but that isn't stopping him from going fastest of all with 1:26.852, almost half a second quicker than Sebastian Vettel.

Nico Rosberg is fastest of all in the first sector before producing personal bests in sectors two and three. Only good enough for second fastest, though, as he posts 1:27.616, three tenths of a second slower than Sebastian Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton is out now, with the medium tyres bolted on, and begins his qualifying sim.

Vote - F1's greatest colour scheme

Some that didn't quite make the shortlist...

Mike: Erm... hand painted 2006 Toro Rosso with drivers helmets incorporated into car design. Easy.

Torro Rosso
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CTR_Paul: How you've missed off the iconic Leyton House livery I do not know.

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Lewis Hamilton was not happy with the balance of his car in FP1 and he is currently chilling out in the garage as tweaks are made to his Mercedes. Meanwhile, his team-mate Nico Rosberg emerges on the medium compound as the drivers begin their qualifying runs. with just under one hour left of the session.

Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, along with Marcus Ericsson, are the first to switch to the faster medium tyre this afternoon and Vettel's first run on the new rubber sees him leap into P1 with a 1:27.260.


Just before that red flag, Lewis Hamilton had jumped ahead of Nico Rosberg and is the current pacesetter with 1:27.825.

Mercedes report that the two drivers say the circuit feels different to FP1, with temperatures the likely reason. "Track/air currently at 45/31 vs. a max. of 30/23 this morning,"

tweets Mercedes.