Williams’ Valtteri Bottas registered the quickest time on the second day of the final pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, clocking a 1:23.261 on the super soft tyre after spending majority of the day completing qualifying simulations.

Once again Mercedes split the driving duties between their two drivers, with Lewis Hamilton’s best time – set in the morning session on the soft tyre – placing him second-fastest at the end of the day’s running.

Kevin Magnussen was third for Renault logging 126 laps, seven-tenths of a second quicker than Sebastian Vettel. The German enjoyed Ferrari’s most successful day of testing so far, racking up 151 laps for the Maranello team.

McLaren-Honda endured some minor suspension issues that kept Jenson Button in the garage until just before lunch. Once the team fixed the issue he took to the track and amassed a respectable 121 laps and ended the day in fifth position.

Daniel Ricciardo spent most of his morning practicing pit stops, while the afternoon session was focused more on race simulations. The Australian clocked the sixth best lap time in his Red Bull Racing RB12, a fraction of a second faster than Carlos Sainz Jr. in the sister Toro Rosso team.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson also experienced a delay in running in the new Sauber for most of the morning session. He was able to complete 55 laps before stopping on track with an hour left to run which brought out the red flag.

The new Haas F1 Team had a day to forget after a turbo failure meant that Esteban Gutiérrez was only able to complete a single installation lap.

The Mexican had just 23 laps on Tuesday after a fuel system issue plagued their running, which brought on an overnight change to their turbocharger.

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