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Summary

  1. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel fastest on day two
  2. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas second, McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne third
  3. Williams' reserve driver Robert Kubica faster than team-mate Sergey Sirotkin
  4. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was fastest on day one
  5. McLaren's Fernando Alonso spun and lost a wheel on day one
  6. Get involved: How would you spice up testing? #bbcf1

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

And that is all for today. Thanks for joining me and for your fantastic comments keeping me entertained.

Sebastian Vettel is fastest, Valtteri Bottas is second quickest, while Robert Kubica is seventh, but faster than Sergey Sirotkin, the man chosen for the second Williams seat.

I'm off to get some food. Thanks no lunch break.

I'm back tomorrow at 07:30 GMT for more incoherent rambling on day three, hopefully it won't be hampered by snow.

My watch has ended.

Vettel edges Bottas on day two in Spain - read the report

Andrew Benson

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Ferrari and Mercedes have given the first indication that they could be set for another close title battle in 2018.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes were first and second fastest on day two testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.

Vettel was quickest but Bottas was only 0.303 seconds behind despite using a tyre one grade softer and slower.

Lewis Hamilton had been due to drive in the afternoon but Mercedes kept Bottas in the car to maximise running time.

Hammer time tomorrow?

We only saw 11 drivers today, so tomorrow is likely to be a busy one.

Lewis Hamilton was meant to go in the afternoon session today, but that didn't happen so we may well see him all day on Wednesday.

It certainly sounds like he likes this season's car.

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'Not a bad first day back in the office'

Esteban Ocon is ninth fastest on day two of testing, with 79 laps worth of knowledge to go with him.

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How far did they go?

A total of 456 kms driven today from Sebastian Vettel. A gruelling effort.

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Theo Spencer: I know it's early days, but between McLaren's lack of running, Renault's lack of confidence in reliability and Toro Rosso's untroubled running, it looks like they've jumped out on the frying pan and into the fire. Is Alonso really cursed?

Times to say goodbye

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari, soft, pictured) 1:19.673 - 98 laps
  2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes, medium) 1:19.976 - 94 laps
  3. Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren, hyper-soft) 1:20.325 - 37 laps
  4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull, medium) 1:20.326 - 67 laps
  5. Carlos Sainz (Renault, soft) 1:21.212 - 65 laps
  6. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso, soft) 1:21.318 - 82 laps
  7. Robert Kubica (Williams, soft) 1:21.495 - 48 laps
  8. Sergey Sirotkin (Williams, soft) 1:21.822 - 52 laps
  9. Esteban Ocon (Force India, soft) 1:21.841 - 79 laps
  10. Charles Leclerc (Sauber, soft) 1:22.721 - 81 laps
  11. Kevin Magnussen (Haas, soft) 1:22.727 - 36 laps

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Busy days for Toro Rosso and Williams

Pierre Gasly was sixth fastest in his Toro Rosso after 82 laps, Williams had a combined 100 laps on the track, with Robert Kubica (seventh) taking the honours in front of Sergey Sirotkin (eighth).

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'Good mileage and good spirit'

"Good mileage and good spirit," says Sauber. Indeed it was as Charles Leclerc threw his car around 81 laps of the track.

At one stage he was well adrift of all the other times, but managed to snatch 10th, finishing six thousandths of a second faster than Haas' Kevin Magnussen.

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STOP!

And that is the end for day two.

Your order - Vettel, Bottas, Vandoorne, Verstappen, Sainz, Gasly, Kubica, Sirotkin, Ocon, Leclerc, Magnussen.

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'Top haul'

A busy day for Valtteri Bottas with 94 laps done.

His best time of 1:19.976 was only good enough for second, 0.303 seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel.

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Broken exhaust clip scuppers Vandoorne

We asked what happened to Stoffel Vandoorne and we are hearing that his McLaren had an exhaust clip break, which caused overheating in the engine bay and that meant he could not get back out there after his 37 laps.

But it is not all doom and gloom for McLaren as Vandoorne has managed to post the third fastest time of the day.

Strategic penalties?

Renault Sport boss Cyril Abiteboul says the company is open to the possibility of taking strategic engine-related grid penalties this year if it looks like it will be a competitive advantage. Drivers are limited to three engines for the season - down from four last year - and all manufacturers have acknowledged the challenge making them last will be.

Abiteboul said: “I’m accepting you need to optimise your potential. If it is better for everyone to use four engines rather than three, we (will) make that decision, but it is too early to make that decision. First I want to see where we are sitting in the pecking order, in terms of mileage, reliability, performance against what we have measured on the dyno and priorities set for the Renault team, which is what matters the most.”

Mercedes engine chief Andy Cowell said last week that he was planning for all their teams to use only three engines. "We think overall it is better to create a power unit that does have the required durability and doesn’t lose significant performance through that life," Cowell said. "If you work on the assumption that you are not going to win one race then you are potentially throwing the championship away.

"There are other issues that come along through a season, unplanned issues, that would unfortunately give those sort of painful weekends. So what we are working on is it is three engines."

Leclerc's gravel run

It's not been a glorious day for Charles Leclerc, watch as he goes off-road and on-gravel.

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Sebastian's century?

Sebastian Vettel has been on the track for a brief spell. Ninety-eight laps for him. Can he reach his century?

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Sorry your lordship. Bit tired.

One venue, a few different ways to get there

Dan Knutson

F1 journalist in Barcelona

People have been using different modes to get to the track today, including a McLaren 570S and a city bus.

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What's happened to Vandoorne?

Philip Valentine‏: Only 37 laps for McLaren today?! Has there been an issue we don't know about? I mean Kubica has done 36 in half the time + snow.

Ben: Not seen Stoffel this afternoon... What is the issue?

Some questions will be coming McLaren's way at the end. Three hours ago they said they were expecting Vandoorne to play a full part in the afternoon session (as you can see below).

Apart from Kevin Magnussen (32 laps in the Haas) after going through the gravel in the early session, no driver has had fewer laps than Vandoorne's 37 (Kubica's now up to 39).

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Once again Robert Kubica tries to eek out a few more laps. He is out there for three laps, but then has to retreat back to the garage.

Rubbish times pun

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari, soft) 1:19.673 - 91 laps
  2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes, medium) 1:19.976 - 94 laps
  3. Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren, hyper-soft) 1:20.325 - 37 laps
  4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull, medium) 1:20.326 - 63 laps
  5. Carlos Sainz (Renault, soft, pictured) 1:21.212 - 65 laps
  6. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso, soft) 1:21.318 - 76 laps
  7. Robert Kubica (Williams, soft) 1:21.495 - 36 laps
  8. Sergey Sirotkin (Williams, soft) 1:21.822 - 52 laps
  9. Esteban Ocon (Force India, soft) 1:21.841 - 78 laps
  10. Charles Leclerc (Sauber, soft) 1:22.721 - 81 laps
  11. Kevin Magnussen (Haas, soft) 1:22.727 - 32 laps

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Snug as a bug

Dan Knutson

F1 journalist in Barcelona

The drivers are struggling to get heat into their tyres out on the track. Back in the pits, however, the tyres are snug in their heating blankets. Like these stacks for Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari garage.

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Neither Valtteri Bottas nor Robert Kubica stay out long and we are back in a situation where no-one is on the track. The session is meant to go on until 17:00 GMT, so still time for a few more laps if the weather improves.

The Finn might not be finished

We may just not be done yet. The magic words 'on track' have just flashed up on my Formula 1 live timing app and have been placed next to Valtteri Bottas. A bit of snow is no bother for a Finn.

He has already done 94 laps. He wants more.

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Multi-talented Marcus

No Marcus Ericsson in his Sauber on the track today, but he has been meeting fans and talking to the media. Sometimes at the same time.

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'The most experienced F1 driver in these conditions'

Just on cue, Red Bull's social media team come up with the goods. Watch even more of Max Verstappen versus the mountain with this great video. Click the link etc etc etc to enjoy it.

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Why stop? Verstappen's great in the snow?

I love this. Watch Max Verstappen snowing off his skills in wintery conditions.

Obviously it's not from today, but some good snow-related Formula 1 action.

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Philip Valentine: To spice up testing, I'd just make all teams publish and broadcast more details about the runs and so on as it happens. Would make it more interesting if we knew the ins and outs of the times on the board and what they were actually doing. Screw secrecy and sandbagging.

Ben Wire: I'd spice it up by equipping each car with a Bond-like machine gun (infrared of course: Health & Safety). Spectators get infrared rifles. If a car records a hit then technology reduces horsepower by 20% for 10 seconds.

Alex Holland-Martin: I wonder if Michael has had his lunch yet with no lunch break also you want a cuppa?

I'm good cheers, but thanks for asking. No lunch just yet, just snacks at the desk. Sports journalism. All about the glamour.

You know what Ben, you talk about health and safety but shining a Bond-like machine gun into the eyes of drivers while they are going at insane speeds? I don't know. I just can't see Liberty Media going for it.

'A few snowflakes'

Driving in the snow is never really a good idea. But at more than 200 miles per hour, it would be absolutely nuts.

Snow stops play in Barcelona.

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'I'm coming in, it's snowing'

Renault's Carlos Sainz is one of those back in the pits, well they are all there. His reason for leaving the track - it's snowing.

Is that going to be a case of snow ends Formula 1 racing early? Not many times can that sentence have been written before.

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It's all gone quiet over there

Eleven drivers have been on the track today. But at the moment, no-one is out there.

'Welcome back, Robert'

This is something Robert Kubica would have dreamed of happening for a long time.

This is his first pre-season test in seven years since a life-changing accident in February 2011 at the Ronde di Andora rally, in which his right forearm was partially severed.

Watch him in action by clicking on this link, courtesy of the F1 Twitter account.

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David Nutley: I thought it was a given that Kubica was faster than Sirotkin, but unfortunately he's also poorer, hence only getting the reserve seat.

Kubica's 1:21.495 is 0.327 seconds quicker than Sirotkin's 1:21.822. The Russian has also been out on the track today for 52 laps, compared to 31 from Kubica.

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Times to tell all

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari, soft, pictured) 1:19.673
  2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes, medium) 1:19.976
  3. Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren, hyper-soft) 1:20.325
  4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull, medium) 1:20.326
  5. Carlos Sainz (Renault, soft) 1:21.212
  6. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso, soft) 1:21.318
  7. Robert Kubica (Williams, soft) 1:21.495
  8. Sergey Sirotkin (Williams, soft) 1:21.822
  9. Esteban Ocon (Force India, soft) 1:21.841
  10. Charles Leclerc (Sauber, soft) 1:22.721
  11. Kevin Magnussen (Haas, soft) 1:22.727

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He may be the fastest today, but Sebastian Vettel has also caused a red flag when he found some gravel

Leclerc no longer slowest

Charles Leclerc is back in the pits, but it has been a busy day for him with 80 laps under his belt. He has also nudged himself in front of Kevin Magnussen of Haas.

The Dane is now the slowest man of the day, with Nico Hulkenberg and Lewis Hamilton, who we had expected to see, not hitting the track at all.

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Vandoorne holds on to third, just

Max Verstappen, on the mediums, nearly grabs third spot, but misses out by 0.001 seconds to stay just behind Stoffel Vandoorne, by the narrowest margin possible.

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A quick word, Romain

No Romain Grosjean for Haas today, well, not on the track anyway, he has still had media interviews to do.

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Kubica up to seventh and faster than Sirotkin

Have Williams made the right choice with their drivers? Robert Kubica has gone faster than Sergey Sirotkin, who was selected over him for the second Williams seat for this season.

Both men have also gone faster than Lance Stroll's best effort yesterday.

All of their best times have come on the softs with Kubica recording a time of 1:21.495 from his 29 laps so far, compared to 1:21.822 from Sirotkin in his 52 laps.

Stroll's best time yesterday was 1:22.142.

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One final video

One final video from Greg Kingston from the track. Great stuff, thanks Greg.

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Short straw

Dan Knutson

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It’s not cold! This Williams crew member is wearing shorts even though it is 4.0 C degrees.

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Putting in a shift

The top two have been out there for ages. Sebastian Vettel has done 75 laps, Valtteri Bottas 0.303 seconds behind in second has done 86.

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