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Barcelona F1 testing Day 2 as it happened

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Barcelona F1 testing Day 2 as it happened

By: Haydn Cobb, Jake Boxall-Legge



  1. Leclerc, Ferrari, 1m19.689s, C3 - 79 laps
  2. Gasly, AlphaTauri, 1m19.918s, C4 - 147
  3. Ricciardo, McLaren, 1m20.288s, C4 - 126
  4. Russell, Mercedes, 1m20.537s, C3 - 66
  5. Sainz, Ferrari, 1m20.546s, C3 - 71
  6. Vettel, Aston Martin, 1m20.784s, C3 - 74
  7. Perez, Red Bull, 1m21.430s, C3 - 78
  8. Mazepin, Haas, 1m21.512s, C3 - 42
  9. Albon, Williams, 1m21.531s, C3 - 47
  10. Zhou, Alfa Romeo, 1m21.885s, C3 - 71
  11. Latifi, Williams, 1m21.894s, C3 - 61
  12. Stroll, Aston Martin, 1m21.920s, C3 - 55
  13. Schumacher, Haas, 1m21.949s, C3 - 66
  14. Ocon, Alpine, 1m22.164s, C3 - 125
  15. Bottas, Alfa Romeo, 1m22.288s, C3 - 21
  16. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m22.562s, C2 - 40
  • Leclerc tops Day 2 from Gasly after Ricciardo was quickest in the morning session
  • Perez triggers first red flag of Barcelona F1 test due to a gearbox problem
  • Mazepin causes second red flag midway through the afternoon session with damaged fuel pump
Status: Stopped
We'll be back bright and early tomorrow so be sure to join us again just before 8am GMT when the track action starts. Have a lovely evening!
With that, we'll call it a night for this live text commentary on Day 2 of the Barcelona test. It has been a pleasure and what's even better is there is another full day tomorrow!

Leclerc ends day two of F1 Barcelona test fastest

Here's the full round-up on today's action:
It was a solid recovery by Perez for Red Bull after a gearbox issue this morning lost them a sizeable chunk of track time, with Haas also facing a similar challenge after a damaged fuel pump halted Mazepin's afternoon plan.
What did we learn today? Well in a snapshot Ferrari, again, look impressive both on mileage and lap times. The same can be said for McLaren and AlphaTauri, and while the times don't necessarily show it Mercedes can be content too.
Gasly may have missed out on the top time but he takes the honour of most laps by an individual driver for today with 147, ahead of Ricciardo (126) and Ocon (125). They'll all sleep well tonight.
Practice start o'clock! Perez, Ocon, Gasly, Mazepin, Leclerc, Vettel and Russell all take turns on the grid to provide a few booming roars to end the fun.
There is a late improver - it is Mazepin who moves up to P8 with a 1m21.512s. Not headline grabbing but enough to cause a late end-of-day report tweak.
That's the second day in Barcelona done - the chequered flag is out.
Into the final couple of minutes and there doesn't appear to be anyone out for a glory run. So Charles Leclerc, you are the Day 2 timesheet-topper.
Leclerc and Gasly came out nose-to-tail for an entire outlap before the Ferrari driver dived into the pits for pitstop practice and duly ruined a potential race for the final five minutes. Boo.
The promise of the late quick laps appears to have jinxed it. Still plenty of action on track including Leclerc, Gasly, Vettel and Sainz but nobody is pushing to the limits just yet.

Here's a perfect demonstration of the purpoise effect that has become the buzzword at this test.


It is worth stating these lap times aren't too surprising given favourable conditions, some teams switching to softer compounds and completing long run programmes. It just keeps us on our toes until the finish.

Lap time improvements everywhere you look in the final hour. Perez puts in a 1m21.430s to go P7 overall.
Given the struggles Alfa Romeo had yesterday and this morning, it has been a really impressive afternoon for Zhou. He's already got 63 laps on the board and is P8 with a 1m21.885s.
Leclerc improves to further cement his top spot with a 1m19.689s. That's still a little over a tenth off the best time from yesterday by Norris, but he won't mind too much.
Ocon, who had been last on the times having focused on long runs, goes up to P12 with a 1m22.164s on the C3s. That pushes Hamilton to the bottom of the pile, which isn't something that's been said much.
...but the AlphaTauri driver doesn't go top. His 1m19.918s puts him within a tenth of Leclerc. It looked like he was held up through the final sector behind Perez in the Red Bull, given he lost all his time through the final corners.