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Grosjean makes it two days in a row for Lotus at Barcelona - Lotus lead as there are engine fires and hydraulic issues abound

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Romain Grosjean topped the timesheets for a second day in a row at Barcelona today, becoming the first driver to lead two separate days of any testing so far this year. He also managed to complete well over 100 laps and found time to fit in a full race simulation while he was at it.

Meanwhile, there were a few gremlins running through the pack today, with Force India halting midway through the day with a driveline issue. Sauber had some hydraulic troubles, and Jean-Éric Vergne found his Toro Rosso car the cause of a red flag when he was forced to stop on track with an engine fire. It was out almost immediately it started, and didn't stop the Frenchman posting the second fastest time of the day. It's fun to see a Toro Rosso ahead of a Red Bull.

There are just two days of testing left to go now, before the teams knuckle down to their final preparations before the 2012 season begins. Force India and Williams both have some work to do.

It wasn't the most straightforward afternoon, but there's still two days of testing to go. We will try our race simulation tomorrow.

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2012 Pre-Season Testing - Day 2, Barcelona
1Romain GrosjeanLotus1:22.614123
2Jean-Éric VergneToro Rosso1:23.12631
3Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:23.36185
4Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:23.447124
5Heikki KovalainenCaterham1:23.828104
6Kamui KobayashiSauber1:23.83677
7Nico HülkenbergForce India1:23.89333
8Michael SchumacherMercedes1:23.97879
9Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:24.11165
10Bruno SennaWilliams1:24.92548
11Pastor MaldonadoWilliams1:25.80120

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