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Aero devices dominate as Ferrari go fastest in Spain - Measurements and experiments are all part of the plan

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Esteban Ocon gets first taste of Force India
Esteban Ocon gets first taste of Force IndiaCredit: Sahara Force India
Hamilton finishes second on day two
Hamilton finishes second on day twoCredit: Daimler AG
Verstappen takes over from Ricciardo
Verstappen takes over from RicciardoCredit: Dan Istitene/Getty Images
Ferrari rule the roost on soft tyres
Ferrari rule the roost on soft tyresCredit: Ferrari Media

The second day of testing in Barcelona was a cooler affair with clouds moving in across the Catalunya circuit. Eyebrows were raised at the pace of the Ferraris, with Kimi Räikkönen posting the fastest time on soft tyres and Mercedes managing the second fastest time on the super-soft compounds. Times are not the most important thing in testing though, and the fact that Mercedes managed to complete 168 between their two drivers without an issue is the key point.

The same cannot be said for many others, though. Renault and Force India had slow starts to their days, after finishing up some overnight repairs. Jolyon Palmer, in fact, only managed one installation lap just before lunchtime, which they squeezed in after Esteban Ocon caused a red flag in the Force India.

Williams had to finish their day at lunchtime after rookie racer Lance Stroll went through the gravel backwards in what seemed like a minor incident but ended up doing more damage than expected. Sauber also had to complete an engine change, whilst Red Bull took an extra long lunch.

After clearing the niggles we had yesterday, today went very much according to plan. We were a little tentative in the morning as it was pretty chilly and a few people were sliding around a bit. Because of that we focused on short runs and aero mapping. We then had a pretty long stop over lunch to make some changes to the car in preparation for what we wanted to achieve this afternoon. We knew it would mean taking a hit in terms of track time but we were willing to do that in order to get the information we wanted.

- Guillaume Rocquelin, Head of Race Engineering, Red Bull

In terms of lap counts, Valtteri Bottas was the absolute star, completing 102 tours of the circuit in a full on race simulation in just one afternoon. Räikkönen and Magnussen also hit the 100 mark, whilst it was Williams and McLaren at the rear of the table - both on laps and on pace.

2017 testing - Day 2, Barcelona
1K RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:20.960108
2L HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:20.98366
3M VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:22.20089
4K MagnussenHaas F1 Team1:22.204118
5E OconSahara Force India F1 Team1:22.50986
6D KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:22.95668
7V BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:22.986102
8J PalmerRenault F1 Team1:24.13953
9A GiovinazziSauber F1 Team1:24.61767
10S VandoorneMcLaren Honda1:25.60040
11L StrollWilliams Martini Racing1:26.04012

It was good to see some new names and faces out there today, with Antonio Giovinazzi getting a taste of the Sauber, Stoffel getting back behind the wheel of the McLaren for his first official F1 driver outing since Australia last year, and Stroll, of course, despite the disappointing end to his day.

53 laps today, loving it. Shame we lost some time this morning fitting parts but looking forward to getting back in tomorrow morning!

JolyonPalmer JolyonPalmer

Watching @F1 test, I think we should give a shout out to @HaasF1Team - good job so far! For a new team 2nd season is always harder than 1st

karunchandhok karunchandhok

Refreshing comments from drivers in Spain.They can input their own skills and fitness levels into the cars better this year.

nigelmansell nigelmansell

Cant wait to get back out there tomorrow! And its just #testing!

carlossainz carlossainz

It looks like we're at the part of the week where everyone takes a leaf out of Mercedes' book and starts sharing the driving duties around. Mercedes, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Renault and Sauber all have two drivers scheduled for work tomorrow, whilst we will see the first appearance of Alfonso Celis in the Force India this year. Alonso will be back in the McLaren, and Romain Grosjean will finally get a turn in the Haas.

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