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Live Reporting

By Victoria Turner

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye!

    So day two of testing has come to an end, but let's do it all again tomorrow.

    We will be up bright and early with coverage from the third day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from 08:00 GMT.

    Join us then!

  2. Raikkonen fastest on day two of testing - read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Kimi Raikkonen

    Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen was fastest on the second day of the first pre-season test, as Mercedes caused a stir with a new steering system.

    Raikkonen headed Racing Point's Sergio Perez, Renault's Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull's Alexander Albon. Mercedes, meanwhile, debuted their revolutionary steering system.

    "It allows the drivers an extra dimension of control on the steering system," said technical director James Allison. "Why we do it, exactly how it works and all those sorts of things, we'd rather keep those to ourselves. But we hope it's an innovation that will bring an advantage during the season.

    "It's an example of how this team is always pushing to try to find new ways to make our car quicker and it's just great fun having it at the track."

    Allison insisted the system - one of the aims of which is believed to be keeping tyre temperatures under control - had been developed with the knowledge of governing body the FIA. But rival teams may well feel they want to test its legality.

    Hamilton was ninth fastest on the day but his fastest time from Wednesday remained the quickest of the winter so far, just over 0.1secs faster than Raikkonen's best on Thursday.

    Headline lap times in testing are unreliable indications of real pace because it is impossible to know the specification in which cars are running, and fuel loads, engine modes and tyres make significant differences to lap times.

  3. The results in full

    Day two
  4. Could Hamilton's lap time be beaten tomorrow?

    #bbcf1

    The quickest time of the week so far was set by Lewis Hamilton during Wednesday's afternoon session.

    The 2019 champion clocked a 1:16.976 on the hard tyre compound.

    Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest driver today in the Alfa Romeo, and he put down a 1:17.091 on soft tyres.

    We have another eight hours of track time available tomorrow, so there is a chance that Hamilton's time could be beaten.

    (Just in case you were wondering - pole position at the track last year was 1:15.406, which was set by Valtteri Bottas.)

  5. All the times from day two

    1. Kimi Raikkonen 1:17.091 (Alfa Romeo) laps - 134
    2. Sergio Perez 1:17.347 (Racing Point) laps - 145
    3. Daniel Ricciardo 1:17.749 (Renault) laps - 41
    4. Alex Albon 1:17.912 (Red Bull) laps - 134
    5. Pierre Gasly 1:18.121 (Alpha Tauri) laps - 147
    6. Sebastian Vettel 1:18.154 (Ferrari) laps - 73
    7. George Russell 1:18.266 (Williams) laps - 116
    8. Charles Leclerc 1:18.335 (Ferrari) laps - 49
    9. Lewis Hamilton 1:18.387 (Mercedes) laps - 106
    10. Lando Norris 1:18.474 (McLaren) laps - 137
    11. Romain Grosjean 1:18.496 (Haas) laps - 158
    12. Esteban Ocon 1:18.557 (Renualt) laps - 52
    13. Valtteri Bottas 1:19.307 (Mercedes) laps - 77
  6. Chequered flag

    Kimi Raikkonen is the quickest driver at the end of day two of testing.

    He lapped a 1:17.091 before ending the day with a technical problem.

    He set his best lap on the soft tyres.

  7. Post update

    Grosjean definitely put in the miles today with 158 laps.

    But no one has managed to complete as many laps as Max Verstappen did yesterday. The Red Bull man did 168.

    But there is always tomorrow.

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  8. Get Involved #bbcf1

    What is your favourite livery of all time?

    We have been overwhelmed by the response from you all and we have really enjoyed looking at all of these superb cars from a golden age of F1.

    If we haven't shown your pictures today, then do not worry as we will feature them tomorrow!

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  9. Red flag

    Kimi Raikkonen looks like he has a technical issue and stops on the track at Turn 9.

    Sorry I jinxed it...Just moments after I wrote about the fact that there have been no red flags, one comes out seconds later. I blame myself!

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  10. Post update

    Twenty minutes remaining and we still haven't seen a red flag for nearly two days of testing...

    Hope I haven't jinxed it!

  11. Get Involved

    #bbcf1

    Rachel T: A dental check-up is always enjoyable when your dentist is an F1 fan. For the record, he thinks Lewis Hamilton will get number seven at Merc, before winning a further three with Ferrari.

  12. Post update

    Grosjean is also done for the day too.

    But this was very much expected due to the damage to his Haas.

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  13. Kimi goes quickest

    The Alfa Romeo has just gone 0.256s faster than the Racing Point of Sergio Perez.

    Raikkonen has put down a 1:17.091.

  14. Electrical problem halts Mercedes

    Valtteri Bottas will not be back out again due to an electrical issue, putting an end to his track activities for the day.

    He finished the day at the bottom of the timing screens with a 1:19.307 after 77 laps (which also happens to be his race number.)

  15. Grosjean ends up in the gravel

    But the red flags were not needed

    Romain had a big spin and found himself in the gravel at Turn 5.

    There's some notable damage to the rear wing of the Haas, and there's damage to the floor too.

    He's now making his way back to the pits...

  16. Get Involved #bbcf1

    What is your favourite livery of all time?

    Rob Griffiths
    The Fourth Stooge
    John L
  17. It's been a rather interesting day for Mercedes...

    Steering innovation has been stealing the headlines

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