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F1 Testing: Raikkonen ends day two on top ahead of Hamilton

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Kimi Raikkonen was quickest on day two in Spain - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kimi Raikkonen ended the second day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on top, with the Scuderia Ferrari driver leading day one pacesetter Lewis Hamilton by just 0.023 seconds.

On his first official day in the car – the Finn drove some laps in the SF70H last week on a filming day – Raikkonen set a best time of 1:20.960, and completed 108 laps, the second day in succession Ferrari broke the 100-lap barrier.

Hamilton only ran during the morning session and set a best time of 1:20.983 for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team before he handed the car over to team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with the Finn completing a different programme to the former World Champion, completing 102 laps in the afternoon session despite a moment at turn nine that saw him brush the barrier.

Max Verstappen completed 89 laps on his first day in the RB13, finishing third fastest for Red Bull Racing, with his 1:22.200 just 0.004 seconds faster than fourth placed Kevin Magnussen, who completed a day high 118 laps in the Haas F1 Team VF-17. Of course, his lap count was dwarfed by the combined number set by Mercedes, who between them drove 168 laps of the Spanish circuit.

Esteban Ocon was fifth fastest in his first day as an official Sahara Force India F1 Team racer despite causing a red flag when he stopped on track just before the lunch break. Despite this he was able to return to the track in the afternoon session, completing 86 laps and finishing ahead of Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, who had taken over from team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr for day two.

Bottas’ best time was enough to see him seventh quickest ahead of Jolyon Palmer, who failed to register a time during the morning session but did 53 laps in total across the day for the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team.

Antonio Giovinazzi also failed to set a representative time in during the morning session, but the stand-in for the injured Pascal Wehrlein ended up ninth fastest for the Sauber F1 Team, with his best time of the day being 3.657 seconds down on pacesetter Raikkonen.

Stoffel Vandoorne ended the day tenth quickest for the McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team, but it was another day to forget for the Woking-based team, with the Belgian completing only 40 laps after losing five hours as the team made an engine change on his MCL32, the second day in a row the team were forced to switch units.

Lance Stroll ended up slowest after his early crash brought an end to the Williams Martini Racing team’s day after just 12 laps, with the Canadian teenager ending 5.080 seconds down on Raikkonen.

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