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Vettel continues on top on day two in Spain

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For the second consecutive day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Sebastian Vettel set the pace for Scuderia Ferrari as eight teams managed to complete more than 100 laps.

The German set the best time of 1m22.810s just before the lunch break on the new-for-2016 Ultrasoft Pirelli tyre compound to finish 0.715s quicker than second placed Daniel Ricciardo, who also used the Ultrasoft on his Red Bull.

Vettel’s day came to an end five minutes prematurely when he pulled off the track, but the German had run 126 laps of the Spanish circuit before that.

He was one of three stoppages during the day, with Jolyon Palmer stopping his Renault with a turbo issue and Max Verstappen stopping his Toro Rosso with an unspecified issue. Whereas Palmer was done for the day, Verstappen returned to the track for more running.

Sergio Perez placed third for the Sahara Force India team using the Supersoft Pirelli tyres, ahead of Nico Rosberg, who completed an astonishing 172 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya for Mercedes, while Marcus Ericsson was fifth in the 2015 Sauber.

Esteban Gutierrez had his first run for Haas and completed 79 laps in finishing sixth, with Valtteri Bottas seventh for Williams ahead of Pascal Wehrlein of Manor.

Fernando Alonso completed 119 untroubled laps for McLaren-Honda, and finished 3.272s behind Vettel, ahead only of Palmer and Verstappen.

Circuit de Catalunya Pre-Season Test 1 Day 2

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