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  1. Third day of second F1 test
  2. 5 live F1 season preview tonight 20:30 GMT
  3. Get involved #bbcf1
  4. Trouble-free day for McLaren

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right, that's it from me on a busy day of testing, but a good day of testing. Certainly for Ferrari and McLaren.

    What will tomorrow bring? Join us again from 08:00 GMT.

    Cheers for your company (and offers of cake and ham) and I'll see you later!

  2. Most laps

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    Kayleigh: Woohoo! The power of positive thinking! Decent days running for McLaren.

    Joanna Harran: Woo hoo. Not a bad day after all for @McLarenF1

  4. Good times ahead?

    McLaren completed 151 laps in the end.

    That's the most they have done on a single pre-season test day in the V6 hyrbid era.

  5. 5 live season preview TONIGHT 20:30 GMT

    BBC Radio 5 live

    We're almost done for the day here but there's plenty of F1 goodness to come tonight because the BBC Radio 5 live season preview show is on from 20:30 GMT.

    Listen to interviews with Toto Wolff and Christian Horner while guests Jolyon Palmer and Andrew Benson join Jennie Gow in looking ahead to the coming year.

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    #bbcf1 or text in on 81111 (UK only)

    Bob McFeil: well done! No red flags and no issues! Meanwhile... 2/3 of 08:00’s wishes are true! Great day for all.

    No £1,000 but I'll definitely take the two we got!

  7. Day three times

    1 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:17.182 ****

    2 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas-Ferrari 1:18.360 **

    3 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Toro Rosso-Honda 1:18.363 ****

    4 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:18.675 ****

    5 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Renault 1:18.725 ****

    6 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren-Renault 1:18.855 ****

    7 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:19.244 ****

    8 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:19.296 **

    9 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:19.532

    10 Robert Kubica (Pol) Williams-Mercedes 1:19.629 **

    11 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India-Mercedes 1:19.634 ****

    12 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull-Renault 1:19.842 *

    13 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams-Mercedes 1:20.276 *

    **** = time set on hyper-soft tyre; ** = super-soft tyre; * = soft; all others medium

  8. Chequered flag

    No late drama as the chequred flag falls. Sebastian Vettel finishes the day quickest with a time of 1:17.182, which he set on the hypersofts.

    That's also the quickest time in testing so far.

  9. Post update

    ONE minute remaining.

    Any last minute stonking laps?

    Any last minute breakdowns?

  10. Post update

    Ten minutes to go and Sebastian Vettel heads in after completing 182 laps for the day. The Ferrari looking very good so far.

    Lewis Hamilton is also in the pits with Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz, Stoffel Vandoorne and Marcus Ericsson currently on the track.

  11. Worldwide scrutiny

    Dan Knutson

    F1 journalist in Barcelona


    The media centre here at the circuit is packed. More journalists and photographers are in the paddock and around the track along with radio and TV crews from all over the world. In all, there are over 500 accredited members from the media attending this test.

    In the past, when there were many tests scattered all over the place with just a few teams at each, the media turnout was scattered as well.

    Now, all the teams are at the same track, and there are just eight days of preseason testing.

    In the past, a team could have minor or major problems while testing and they would go unnoticed. Now, the teams are under the spotlight. Fernando Alonso believes, therefore, that McLaren’s current woes are being over scrutinized and criticized.

    “Before when testing was free,” he said, “we would test in between races like before Monaco and Canada going to Paul Ricard and doing 20 laps a day and there was no coverage. Now we have hundreds of media, so every red flag attracts a lot of attention. But from a team point of view we are more or less okay and there is nothing fundamentally a problem with the car.”

  12. Latest times


    Vettel, Hulkenberg, Gasly, Vandoorne, Ericsson, Perez, Sainz - hypersoft

    Magnussen, Kubica - supersoft

    Verstappen, Stroll - soft

    Bottas, Hamilton - medium

  13. Engage the hypersofts!

    Looks like a couple of drivers are going for a late doors hypersoft run.

    The Toro Rosso has them on and Pierre Gasly promptly climbs to third with 1:18.363. That's within 0.03s of Kevin Magnussen's time but 1.178s off the pace of the Ferrari.

  14. Post update

    A rare improvement on the timing screen as Carlos Sainz goes fourth quickest with 1:18.725. That came on the hypersofts.

  15. Post update

    Dan Knutson

    F1 journalist in Barcelona


    Just before his spin, Marcus Ericsson was doing a race simulation in the Sauber. He did a “race start” at the end of pit lane after waiting there for a while like he was on the grid waiting for the red lights to go out.

    The crew was monitoring him and the car from the pit wall and the garage, but they were not showing him a pit board.