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Lawrence Barretto

All times stated are UK

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  1. See you tomorrow at 08:00 GMT

    So another day and another top spot for Sebastian Vetteland his Ferrari. Mercedes look strong, as do Williams but McLaren are in a spot of bother.

    How will they all fare tomorrow? You'll have to join me to find out. See you at 08:00 GMT for a third day of testing! Until then, it's good afternoon from me. See ya!

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    Lotus got some running under their belt after missing the first day yesterday with Pastor Maldonado managing 41 laps. Romain Grosjean will get behind the wheel tomorrow.

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    Williams's Valtteri Bottas was third fastest and chief technical officer Pat Symonds said he was optimistic the team had made progress from 2014.

    "Valtteri's comments (about the car) were very positive," said Symonds. "Initial comments do count for quite a lot and I was very encouraged by what Valtteri said.

    "I spent a fair amount of time talking to him about the detail of it and it gives me good confidence we have made a step forward and that is a good start to the season."

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    Speaking about rivals Mercedes' impressive form, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: "It's just showing off really - to turn up and do 157 laps is taking the mickey.

    "They had a good car last year and have evolved it. They are the benchmark, no doubt about it. We have made good progress and hopefully we can get closer to them."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    It was all going so well for Lewis Hamilton, the world champion following up his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's impressive 157 laps on day one with 91 of his own before a water leak curtailed his running earlier.

    McLaren's struggles continued, meanwhile, with Jenson Button failing to set a representative lap time as he completed just six laps. That's just 10% of the target set by racing director Eric Boullier.

  6. Day two results

    1) Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1:20.984 88 laps

    2) Felipe Nasr (Sauber) 1:21.867 + 0.883 89 laps

    3) Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 1:22.319 +1.335s 61 laps

    4) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:22.490 +1.506s 91 laps

    5) Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) 1:24.167 +3.183s 73 laps

    6) Pastor Maldonado (Lotus) 1:25.802 +4.818s 41 laps

    7) Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:54.655 +33.671s 6 laps

    8) Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) No time 18 laps

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    Sebastian Vettel's start to his Ferrari career continues to be rosy as he tops the times for the second successive day. The German four-time world champion finished 0.883 seconds clear of Sauber's Felipe Nasr with Williams' Valtteri Bottas third.

  8. Chequered flag

    Sebastian Vettel

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finishes fastest on day two of pre-season testing in Jerez.

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    Sebastian Vettel is out there splashing about in the Ferrari - but he hasn't got long left. Just five minutes in fact.

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    Jenson Button manages just one lap before peeling back into the pits. That's his sixth lap of the day, which matches the achievement of his team-mate Fernando Alonso yesterday.

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    With just under a quarter of an hour to go, McLaren finally send Jenson Button out again...

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    Lotus have called it a day, too. "Drivetrain related issue curtailed Pastor Maldonado's last run," they tweet. "Wet conditions now at Jerez so ideal opportunity to work on it ahead of tomorrow."

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    F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Jerez: "Pirelli brought its full range of Formula 1 tyres to Jerez. The hard, medium, soft and super soft compound dry weather tyres - with the orange, white, yellow and red sidewalls.

    "Plus the intermediate rain tyres with the green sidewalls, and the extreme wet weather tyres with the blue sidewalls. Max Verstappen has the intermediates on his Toro Rosso as he circulates on the wet track."

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    Still only Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen and Sauber's Felipe Nasr out on the wet track in Jerez.

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    With parts limited, teams and drivers will be keen to avoid incidents, such as Red Bull suffered when Daniil Kvyat damaged the front wing earlier today forcing them to limit their running, in wet conditions.

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    At last, a drive decides to brave the conditions. Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen heads out on a wet track and is soon joined by Felipe Nasr in the Sauber.

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    It's raining in Jerez and unsurprisingly, everyone has headed for cover in their respective garages.

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    Sauber's Felipe Nasr improves to a 1:21.867, 0.883 seconds off the pace set by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

    Valtteri Bottas is third, Lewis Hamilton fourth, Max Verstappen fifth, Pastor Maldonado sixth and Jenson Button seventh.

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    Steve Berckmoes: Season hasn't even started yet and Lewis already has break down issues.

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    Lewis Hamilton

    That's a shame for Lewis Hamilton, whose opening day of testing is hampered for the second successive year. The Briton didn't manage the mammoth 157 laps his team-mate Nico Rosberg did yesterday, but 91 isn't a bad return. It's still more than anyone else has managed so far today.

  21. Hamilton ends running early

    Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have called it a day with just over an hour remaining. The Briton, who had clocked up 91 laps, stopped at the entry to the pit-lane earlier in the session with a water system issue.

    And the team say investigations have revealed a water leak from a failed part. "The crew are now working hard to get the car ready for a return to action tomorrow," adds the team.

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    F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Jerez: "A contingent of Lewis Hamilton's fans are in the grandstand directly across from the Mercedes pit.

    "They have been cheering and waving every time he comes into the pits and he has been waving back at them from the cockpit of the car."

  23. Go! Go! Go!

    Quick work from the marshals means we're back up and running already.

  24. Red flag

    We've got our first red flag of the day - and guess who is responsible. Yep, it's the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado. The Venezuelan has stopped on track.

  25. Headlines

    With a little over an hour remaining, here are the headlines:

    • Sebastian Vettel sets the pace in the Ferrari
    • Lewis Hamilton continues Mercedes' strong form, clocking up nearly 100 laps, but has brief stop with water system issue
    • Red Bull's running limited after Daniil Kvyat breaks front wing
    • The new Lotus takes to the track for the first time
    • McLaren's struggles continue as Jenson Button manages just five laps, one fewer than team-mate Fernando Alonso managed yesterday
  26. Get involved


    Richard Alpin: McLaren have done the best business by keeping JB. McLaren and Ferrari joint worst in [terms of them] signing Alonso and Vettel.

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    Felipe Massa

    After spending yesterday and today on the sidelines, Felipe Massa will finally get his chance behind the wheel of the Williams tomorrow and Wednesday.

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    Sebastian Vettel

    With the conditions as they are, it looks like Sebastian Vettel will top the times for the second successive day - not a bad way to start his Ferrari career, eh?

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    Lotus: It's time for another outing. Let's see what the #E23 can do in the afternoon drizzle.

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    Still no sign of the McLaren with less than two hours to go.

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    We have action again as Sebastian Vettel heads out in the Ferrari. Williams' Valtteri Bottas gets involved, too, in the Williams, with Daniil Kvyat doing a practice start before hitting the track.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "The long delays at McLaren are rooted in the car's packaging - on a design described as 'quite extreme, quite aggressive, quite innovative' by Fernando Alonso on Sunday. The team thought they had fixed overnight the problems that hit Alonso on Sunday but the same problem recurred for Jenson Button on Monday morning. The part in question - the identity of which McLaren will not reveal - is buried so deep in the car that it is taking a lot of time to get at it and fix it. But a spokesman said the team were 'quite positive we've sorted the problem'.

    "Meanwhile, 'aggressive' would also be an apt word for Honda's approach as it prepares for its return to F1. The Japanese company will have different engines at the next test than the one that is in the car now, and then different engines again at the last test - the race engines. These last ones will incorporate every single modification made on the previous two versions. Honda needs to homologate its initial design with the FIA by 28 February, but will have some development still available during the season."

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    The light drizzle is not ideal for the teams. I suspect Mercedes won't be too bothered, as they've gathered the most data of anybody. For McLaren, they're still busy working on fixing a problem, so won't be out for a bit yet anyway. Red Bull are limited to what they can do without a front wing. For the others, it will be valuable time lost.

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    Mercedes: A bit drizzly and grey here @circuitodejerez as we finish up lunch - what do they say about the rain in Spain?

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    It's all quiet out on track with a little over two hours to go!

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    F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Jerez: The new McLaren was designed as what Ron Dennis describes as a "densely packaged concept."

    "He said that every single thing is so embedded in the car that to get to anything requires removing layers of heat shields or other components.

    "So that certainly is a contributing factor to why the car is spending so much time in the garage."

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    Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz Jr

    While Jenson Button is in the McLaren, his team-mate Fernando Alonso is chilling with fellow Spaniards Carlos Sainz, a two-time rally champion, and his son Carlos Sainz Jr, who will make his F1 debut in a Toro Rosso this year.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "A chink of light for McLaren, perhaps? Jenson Button has done five laps so far today after Fernando Alonso's six on Sunday, all of them stuttery. This follows five laps over two days with the 2014 hack Honda test car in Abu Dhabi last November.

    "McLaren have been very coy about what is wrong in Jerez, with racing director Eric Boullier saying on Sunday it was "a few electrical issues" and a spokesman saying on Monday that there were "ancillary issues".

    "But now the team say they think they have found the problem and hope to have the car out again before the end of the day. Everyone is keen to find out whether the very interesting-looking MP4-30 has solved the issues with lack of front downforce that plagued McLaren last year - and, of course, how good the Honda engine is."

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    Sebastian Vettel has the track to himself in the Ferrari. The German driver still leads the way ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen, Felipe Nasr, Pastor Maldonado and Jenson Button.

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    Romain Grosjean

    Frenchman Romain Grosjean is in the paddock today - he's expected to get his first chance to drive the Lotus tomorrow. Pastor Maldonado is behind the wheel today.

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    Jenson Button

    Good news McLaren and Jenson Button fans. The team believe they've fixed the issue which has limited Button to just a handful of laps and they are hopeful of getting the MP4-30 out again before the end of the day. Watch this space.

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    Sebastian Vettel

    Ferrari say they spent the morning concentrating on set-up work and tyre testing, running the medium compound. The plan is to continue with that programme after lunch.

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    World champion Lewis Hamilton peeled into the pit lane and stopped at the entry area. His Mercedes team say it was a minor water system problem, adding: "Expecting to have him back out in a jiffy."

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    F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Jerez: "Here's a close-up look at the nose of the Red Bull minus the front wing. That certainly has hampered the amount of running Daniil Kvyat can do today. With three hours to go he had done just 14 laps."

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    Nico Rosberg

    It might be his day off from driving, but Mercedes' Nico Rosberg has chosen to spend it at the track anyway, keeping an eye on the action from the pit wall.

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    After a flurry of laps, Lewis Hamilton heads back to the pits, leaving Valtteri Bottas with the track to himself. Hamilton remains second fastest but is closing on his century of laps for the day.

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    Valtteri Bottas

    Williams' Valtteri Bottas ups the pace to clock a 1:24.131, which is good enough for third, 3.1 seconds off the pace set by Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari.

  48. Headlines

    So if you're just joining us today, here are the headlines:

    • Sebastian Vettel sets the pace in the Ferrari
    • Lewis Hamilton continues Mercedes' strong form, clocking up more than 70 laps
    • Red Bull's running limited after Daniil Kvyat breaks front wing
    • The new Lotus takes to the track for the first time
    • McLaren's struggles continue as Jenson Button manages just a handful of laps
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    Williams: Both car and driver are refuelled and ready for the afternoon in Jerez.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Much has been made of Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey's decision to step back from F1 this year; perhaps too much, really. Newey, it has become clear from news conferences with the man himself and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner in recent days, has sketched out the fundamental surfaces of this Red Bull, just as he has all the others since he joined the team.

    "He will now be splitting his time 50-50 between F1 and his other projects for Red Bull Technologies. But as chief engineering officer Rob Marshall said, that merely means they talk face to face 'every other day rather than every day'.

    "What are Newey's other projects? One, already announced, is to help Ben Ainslie's America's Cup bid. The other, which the company have not publicly confirmed yet, is a Red Bull road car."

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    F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Jerez: "This is parked between the Ferrari transporters in the paddock. Has Ferrari delivered Sebastian Vettel's new company car to the circuit?"

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    Max Verstappen has popped out for a spin in the Toro Rosso, with Lotus' Pastor Maldonado not too far behind.

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton moves his lap tally past 70 before heading back to the pits after another long run. He's soon joined by the Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen, which means the track falls quiet.

    Now seems like a good time to grab lunch. I wonder if Hamilton will have his in the car, like his team-mate Nico Rosberg did yesterday?

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "It is traditional on the first day of testing for all drivers to report that their cars are a step forward over last year's. And so it was in Jerez.

    "Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo spoke of 'good first impressions'. Williams's Valtteri Bottas said, 'The car was working well and reliable and the initial feeling was good with the car'.

    "Sauber's Marcus Ericsson - second fastest overall, presumably on a low-fuel special, said he had had a 'very good day'. And so on. Time, of course, will reveal all. Not everyone will end up happy, that's for sure."

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    Daniil Kvyat

    And here's a shot of Daniil Kvyat in the Red Bull, which is running without a front wing after the Russian damaged it in a "small off".

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    Jenson Button

    Jenson Button is rocking a cool new lid for his 16th season. What do you think?

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    Jenson Button

    McLaren: Jenson's run a couple more laps - chasing a recurring problem. Hopefully out again soon. #Jerez #TestingIsTesting.

  58. Hamilton makes his half century

    Mercedes' impressive reliability continues as Lewis Hamilton clocks up his 50th lap - that means the world champions have done more than 200 laps in a little under a day and a half. That's considerably more than any others have managed.

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    Pat Symonds

    F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Jerez: "Williams' chief technical officer Pat Symonds has been talking to the media today. When BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson asked if Williams can win races this year, Symonds replied: "That's what we are here for, so that is what we are going to be having a damned good go at trying to do."

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "If Mercedes' performance impressed the media throng, their rivals seemed a bit more nonplussed. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo said it was 'no surprise', adding: 'They had an awesome package last year and it's just refining and improving that. But I'm not intimidated either. It's a reachable target.' And McLaren's Fernando Alonso said he felt Mercedes would not win as much this year as last.

    "'Definitely they have an advantage of performance and everything for this year at least to start the season,' the Spaniard said. 'But it is normal. They have a continuation of a dominant car, so it is a little bit easier compared to us, when we have a new power unit and very extreme, aggressive car design. I don't think Mercedes will win so many races this year. They are the favourites, yes, but the other teams we are more prepared than last year.'"

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    F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Jerez: "More news on Red Bull. Kvyat has been doing some runs without a front wing, as we know, after damaging it in a 'small off' this morning. However, this could be a problem.

    "The team are flying out a new front wing but there is no guarantee it will make it to Spain in time for the team to do any more proper running today, so everyone at Red Bull is having to cross their fingers."

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    Jenson Button

    McLaren fans, I bring you news. The positive thing is that Jenson Button has been out again. He even set a timed lap. However, it was 33 seconds off the pace, and he remains in single figures in terms of laps for the day.

  63. Post update

    For those asking, Lewis Hamilton has chosen to continue running 44 - his favourite number - on his car, rather than take the number one, which is on offer to the world champion.

    When asked about it at the end of last season, Hamilton said: "Number one is a great thing but I will always know I'm number one."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton is back out on track. The world champion is currently second fastest and has completed more laps than anybody else with 42 on the board. At the other end of the spectrum, McLaren's Jenson Button has managed just two.

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    Lotus' Pastor Maldonado is on the board, but his best effort is an uninspiring 1:35.613, 14.6 seconds off the pace. It's early days, mind.

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    Hurrah, the silence is broken by the Sauber of Felipe Nasr, who peels out of the garage and cruises down the pit lane. The Brazilian is soon followed by Pastor Maldonado in the Lotus.

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    Lotus: The #E23 is now getting some of the usual care & attention after its very first run. And we spy a @RGrosjean taking a look in the garage :-)

  68. Get involved


    Who has done the best bit of business with the new season fast approaching? Have your say using #bbcf1.

    RiskyApex: McLaren with the signing of Alonso and of course the Honda partnership.

    Rob Stearn: Ferrari getting Vettel is decisive to their improvement, he's a way better driver at testing and helping improve the car than Alonso.

    Shahab: It seems all the changes at Maranello are good for Scuderia Ferrari, and Vettel seems very hungry after his disastrous 2014 at Red Bull.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Red Bull have sent Daniil Kvyat out a few times without a front wing this morning but this is no trick aero tweak from Adrian Newey. It's simply that the front wing was broken in what the team describe as 'a small off' and Kvyat then completed a series of install laps for which the wing is not required."

  70. Post update

    All quiet at Jerez, with drivers preferring the comfort of their garages for now. Sebastian Vettel is our pace-setter, with Lewis Hamilton second and Felipe Nasr, set to mak his debut this year, third.

  71. Get involved

    Which team has completed the best bit of business before the new season?

    Have McLaren pulled off a masterstroke signing Fernando Alonso? Will Williams turn podiums into wins this year after retaining both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa?

    Will Toro Rosso's decision to hire rookies Max Verstappen, 17, and Carlos Sainz Jr, 20, with a combined age of 37, pay off?

    Tweet us using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text 81111 (UK only).

  72. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Will the McLaren-Honda behave better for Jenson Button today than it did for Fernando Alonso on Sunday? Racing director Eric Boullier hopes so. 'We are struggling with a few electrical issues,' the Frenchman said. 'They are quite difficult to fix. They are fixable and they could be fixed for tomorrow. But then we may end up with another issue somewhere. We will get on top of this. I don't know when but hopefully as soon as possible.'

    "He added: 'There is no big issue on the car. The car looks altogether and drivable like we want. It is just a matter of time to fix little glitches.' Their target for Monday, Boullier said, was to 'run at least 60 laps maybe, that would be nice'."

  73. Post update

    One lap later and Daniil Kvyat is back in the pits.

  74. Post update

    Rather bizarrely, Russian Daniil Kvyat just left the pits with a nose cone but no front wing on the Red Bull!

  75. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel sets the fastest lap of the test so far with a 1:20.984, 1.5 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton.Felipe Nasr is 1.8 seconds further back in the Sauber with Max Verstappen fourth and Valtteri Bottas fifth.

    No lap times from Daniil Kvyat, Jenson Button or Pastor Maldonado.

  76. What we learned on day one

    What did we learn on day one of F1 testing? Handily, BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson has answered that exact question in the form of a video that will require just two minutes and 43 seconds of your time. You can find it here!

  77. Post update

    Valtteri Bottas gets the Williams on the board with a 1:24.923, three seconds off the pace set by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

  78. Post update

    F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Jerez: "Along with Nico Rosberg doing 157 laps yesterday, Paddy Lowe says that the Mercedes team did 17 live pit stops. Thus in addition to the car getting a jump on the opposition, so too are the crew members."

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    After an installation lap, Pastor Maldonado brings the Lotus back to the pits so the team can give it the once over.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton has improved to a 1:22.490, which is 0.6 seconds off the pace set by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

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    And the new Lotus breaks cover! So that means we've seen eight of the nine cars expected to contest this year's Formula 1 World Championship.

    We're just waiting on Force India, who are skipping this test but are planning to appear at the next one in Barcelona later this month.

  81. Post update

    Tom Clarkson

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter

    "Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda's take on Rosberg's whopping 157 laps from yesterday: 'We're not trying to win Le Mans.'"

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Sebastian Vettel

    "Sebastian Vettel ensured his Ferrari career got off to a nice start on Sunday by setting the fastest time - but then Kimi Raikkonen did the same thing last year, and we know how that ended up. Vettel continues to say driving for Ferrari is 'special', but he was pretty low key in his summation of his day.

    "'We did quite a few laps, had some telemetry problems but overall we can be quite happy,' said Vettel, who continues in the car today. 'The first impression was quite good. The potential is huge, but there is a lot to do. It will take some time but motivation is high, not just with me but with the whole team to try to come back as soon as possible. It felt good as a starting point. I don't want to say more because it is way too early for that.'"

  83. Post update

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is putting in the hard yards out on track, clocking up a flurry of fast laps to improve the benchmark to a 1:21.884.

  84. Post update

    F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Jerez: "Things are definitely ramping up at Lotus. In addition to the car being flown in yesterday, two more transporters arrived overnight, which brings the team's total up to five.

    "Meanwhile, Mercedes chiefs Paddy Lowe, Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda are sitting at a table in the team's hospitality unit having a meeting and cups of coffee."

  85. Get involved

    Have your say using the #bbcf1 hashtag

    James Bartley: For me the best step up for a package from last year is definitely McLaren aero wise, but the best package will still be Mercedes.

    Nick Watts: Williams is the best livery. Very sleek. The Sauber reminds me of a Lego car. Hoping Red Bull do something out of the box.

    Kevin Eve: Re: 08:15 -"Jenson Button didn't have to travel very far to get to work this morning". Hope that's not an indication of his mileage today!

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    Max Verstappen

    Only Sauber's Felipe Nasr and Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen (pictured) circulating at the moment.

    Nasr is currently second quickest, 1.3 seconds off the pace set by Sebastian Vettel.

    Meanwhile, Verstappen is fourth - and last at the moment - 5.8 seconds adrift.

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Fernando Alonso

    "In stark contrast to Mercedes on Sunday were McLaren, for whom Fernando Alonso managed only six laps because of what racing director Eric Boullier described as 'niggly electrical issues' with the car and its brand new Honda engine.

    "But Alonso was still upbeat. 'More or less it went as suspected,' he said. 'It's a slow start, as we knew it would be. We saw last year how difficult it was to complete laps; especially the first couple of days. It is a complex technology we have in F1 today. We need time. We have to learn a lot of things in the car.

    "'The design is quite extreme, quite aggressive, quite innovative so we have something to discover there slowly. I would like to do more laps, that's for sure. After two months waiting for the first day of testing, six laps is not enough. But we are all happy and excited and inside the garage we had an amazing atmosphere today."

  88. Post update

    Jenson Button

    Jenson Button has managed two laps so far in the McLaren - that's a third of what team-mate Fernando Alonso managed yesterday. Still just over seven, yes seven, hours to go.

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    Eric Boullier

    What does a McLaren racing director, in this case Eric Boullier, have for breakfast? A full English by the looks of it....

  90. Vettel sets early pace

    Sebastian Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel, yesterday's pacesetter, is out and about in the Ferrari and clocks the fastest time on his second timed lap.

    The German improves next time around to lead the way with a 1:23.029, 1.8 seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton.

    Meanwhile, Jenson Button has popped out in the McLaren, along with Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen.

  91. Get involved

    These live texts are always a lot more fun when you lot get involved, so I want to know who you think has delivered the best 2015 car and why? Which is your favourite livery? Who are you tipping for glory this year and who will be a dark horse? Answers on a tweet, using the #bbcf1 hashtag, or text via 81111 (UK only).

  92. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton has started clocking up the laps already, the reigning world champion going fastest with a 1:24.803. Only Felipe Nasr, who is making his Formula 1 debut this season with Sauber, is second, two seconds adrift. No one else has set a lap time as yet.

  93. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Lotus did not run on Sunday, spending the day flying over to Jerez with the new car after firing it up in the factory. The team were originally only planning to run for the final two days of the test but preparations have gone better than they expected and, if all goes to plan, the team expect the car to be out before lunchtime on Monday. Pastor Maldonado will be at the wheel when it does."

  94. Post update

    Today is a new day which brings fresh hope for the teams. Lotus have arrived in Jerez, after missing day one - more on that in a moment. Meanwhile, Force India are missing the whole test as they focus on development of their 2015 car.

  95. Post update

    Let's not read too much into the headline times set on Sunday, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel heading Marcus Ericsson's Sauber. After all, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished fastest on day one last year - and look how their season panned out.


    Also, Sauber finished 10th in the constructors' after a miserable season saw them score no points. It's unlikely they will have turned it around to extent that they are now the second-fastest team.

  96. Hamilton makes 2015 debut

    Lewis Hamilton

    So Lewis Hamilton gets his first taste of the new Mercedes - and he was so keen, the world champion was the first man out on track earlier this morning. After a couple of installation laps, he peeled back into the pits.

    Elsewhere, Daniil Kvyat drives the Red Bull, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel stay in the Williams and Ferrari respectively for a second day and Jenson Button gets a go in the new McLaren.

    Meanwhile, Max Verstappen will drive the Toro Rosso, Felipe Nasr the Sauber and Pastor Maldonado the Lotus.

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    Jenson Button

    F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Jerez: "Another sunny day here in Jerez. The air temperature is 3.2C and the track temperature is 3.3C. Jenson Button didn't have to travel very far to get to work this morning. That is his motor home next to the McLaren hospitality unit in the paddock."

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    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Mercedes were already strong favourites for 2015 before pre-season testing started and nothing that happened on the first day on Sunday changed that. Nico Rosberg had a quite astonishing run, completing what is believed to be an all-time record for any day of testing with 675km - or 157 laps of Jerez.

    "Executive director [technical] Paddy Lowe admitted the team were 'very, very happy indeed'. Although Lowe emphasised they were focusing on reliability only and 'performance is another thing', the car's pace looked pretty good, too - Rosberg was lapping routinely at speeds only two others eclipsed and then only on short, presumably low-fuel runs. Lewis Hamilton - who described the day as 'an amazing start; incredible' - takes over the car on Monday."

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    Sebastian Vettel

    It was a good first day in the office for Sebastian Vettel, the four-time champion hoping to bring success back to his new Ferrari team.

    The German finished top of the pile on Sunday, having completed 60 laps. Mercedes had a remarkable day, too, with Nico Rosberg clocking up 157 laps on his way to the third fastest time.

    It was less successful for Fernando Alonso, mind. The McLaren driver managed just six laps. Not the ideal start to the new McLaren-Honda partnership.

    Luckily for the Woking-based team, it's not deadline day for them, with three more days in Jerez followed by two more four-day tests to come. But the pressure is well and truly on.

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    Valtteri Bottas

    Morning all and a very warm welcome to live text commentary of day two of the first pre-season test in Jerez, southern Spain.

    I've got EIGHT HOURS of testing action coming up for you, with the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Max Verstappen getting their first taste of 2015 Formula 1 machinery.

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    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

    It's been quite a winter for Lewis Hamilton.

    The world champion has spent time in the United States, hitting the slopes as part of his training and hanging out with rapper Aloe Blacc, before heading to France for Paris Fashion Week.

    He's had a new haircut, too.

    Now, though, it's time to get down to business.