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16:02
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So Massa ends the day quickest, Alonso with the most laps for one driver (115) and Mercedes the most for one team (132). Thanks for following what has been an intriguing first test, we'll be back with more live coverage from Bahrain.
16:01
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There's the chequered flag
15:56
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That looks like being the end of the running today as we're still under red flags
15:52
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He's not the only one to stop as well. Kvyat hasn't completed his ninth lap after stopping on track in the Toro Rosso
15:48
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Red flag: It's Magnussen who has put it in the wall
15:45
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Massa improves by half a second to a 1:28.521
15:44
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Just over 15 minutes to go and Alonso is edging closer to Massa's time - just 0.122s off now
15:37
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Not so smooth for Magnussen is his pit stop. He locks up slightly in to the box, then the rear jack fails and the reserve jack man falls over! Took an age to change the right rear
15:33
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And Magnussen sets a 1:30.806 to go fourth quickest
15:32
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Half an hour to go and Magnussen is out on track again, suggesting no damage when he spun. He's up to 106 laps, four shy of Alonso who is also out there along with Juncadella
15:19
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Alonso has broken the 100-lap barrier, clocking his 103rd which puts him one ahead of Magnussen
15:15
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In to the last 45 minutes and Massa, Alonso, Juncadella, Hamilton and Sutil are all on track
15:03
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The track is clear again and the green flag is back out
14:59
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The McLaren is being loaded on to the back of the recovery truck - of course having been covered over first
14:54
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Red flag: It's Magnussen who has spun at the chicane
14:49
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Alonso gets very close to Massa's new best time of 1:29.339 as he goes just 0.004s slower
14:45
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Massa continues to lower his time as the track dries. Down to a 1:29.403
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Not for long though, as Massa does a 1:29.852
14:39
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Juncadella goes fastest again with a 1:30.437
14:33
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And cars return to the track, with Juncadella, Magnussen, Hamilton and Bianchi out there
14:28
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Green flag with 90 minutes left of this test
14:26
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The Sauber is just being driven back to the pit lane on the back of the recovery truck so we should be green again soon. That was our first red flag of the day
14:21
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It's the final sector where Sutil has gone off, somewhere near the chicane I think...
14:17
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Red flag: Sutil has gone in to the gravel backwards
14:12
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The focus may have been on Red Bull's issues, but Toro Rosso has only completed 8 laps with Kvyat today (and that's also his total for the week)
14:11
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Alonso retakes top spot with a 1:31.551
13:49
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With the track drying, Juncadella is now quickest on a 1:31.719 ahead of Magnussen (1:32.260)
13:49
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Hamilton heads out for his first lap of the afternoon, joining Bianchi and Massa
13:48
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We've just heard from Daniel Ricciardo after Red Bull's day ended and he remains confident of a fix for Bahrain but admits this test may have come too early for the team
12:59
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It's a quiet track but Caterham keeps lapping - 50 laps now as Kobayashi heads out again
12:59
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Christian Horner has admitted there are "numerous" issues that Red Bull is facing
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12:48
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Red Bull is done for the day and will move on to Bahrain. Just 21 laps in total this week, not good...
12:22
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12:21
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Alonso circulating on his own at present and he's up to 64 laps for the day so far
12:07
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That wasn't the original plan at Mercedes, but Rosberg has completed 188 laps over his time in the car so far, while Hamilton has just 80
12:06
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Not just a bit of lunch for Rosberg...


11:55
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Rosberg has stopped for a bit of lunch after 91 laps and is chatting with the Mercedes team, while Alonso is now alone on track and quickest with a 1:35.334
11:55
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Leaving the media centre today means a lot happens in a short space of time - still no red flag after almost four hours of running
11:20
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Rosberg in to the nervous 90s (if it was cricket)
11:11
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Six cars on track again as the ever-present Rosberg is joined by Juncadella, Magnussen, Massa, Alonso and Sutil
11:07
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Interestingly, we have yet to have a red flag so far today...
11:03
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Rosberg sets the fastest lap of the day so far with a 1:36.951 on his 79th lap
10:59
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Rosberg following Magnussen once again. I wonder how much he's picking up about the way that McLaren handles
10:58
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Juncedella is starting to add to Force India's tally with 16 laps on the board so far
10:53
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Magnussen leads Rosberg over the line, the Mercedes over a second faster on that last lap. Still on intermediates
10:51
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We're not yet three hours in to the day and Rosberg has completed 72 laps. Magnussen is next up with 31 laps - both in terms of lap count and on the timing screens - and then Sutil with 29
10:39
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Rosberg pits and heads back out. Alonso and Sutil out on track too
10:36
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Four cars still with single-figure lap counts today: Bianchi (5), Ricciardo (7), Kvyat (8) and Juncadella (9)
10:29
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Rosberg is pounding round at the moment. He's just completed his 60th lap in two and a half hours
10:18
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Massa passes the McLaren and Magnussen pits but immediately rejoins
10:14
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Massa now has Magnussen in his sights, closely following the McLaren
10:12
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Magnussen, Alonso and Massa blast across the line in a row. Massa passes Alonso in the first sector...
10:06
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And Ricciardo joins them
10:06
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Rosberg pits again but once again is straight back out on track. Magnussen and Massa out there with him on intermediates
09:59
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Rosberg pits and heads back out. With the drying track and lack of anyone else doing similar to compare the track times are irrelevant, but if the car and engine can already do it that's a big step...
09:53
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Rosberg appears to be on a race simulation as he continues to circulate with a high number of laps counting down on his pit board
09:35
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Magnussen sets the second quickest time of the day with a 1:38.391
09:32
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The track is busy at present with Rosberg, Magnussen, Massa, Sutil, Kobayashi and Alonso out there
09:29
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No sign of Ricciardo since his early run of five laps
09:28
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Rosberg and Massa the only two cars out on track - and just as I say that Magnussen joins them
09:18
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Rosberg is already ticking off the laps. He's done 18 so far this morning, while Sutil is the only other man to break double figures
09:14
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Magnussen has finally emerged for an installation lap and returned to the pits. Rosberg still tops the times but Massa is now second
08:46
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Rosberg out on track on his own and he's gone quickest with a 1:38.778 on full wets
08:42
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Sutil has got within 1.5s of Ricciardo's time but pits to leave Rosberg alone on track
08:37
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Alonso heads out to join Sutil and Kobayashi out on track as Ricciardo pits
08:34
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Ricciardo completes his third lap and goes fastest with a 1:45.374 having passed Sutil on track. A more productive day for him already
08:31
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Kvyat too returns to the track. Ricciado is just starting his third lap - the same amount as he managed in total yesterday
08:30
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Ricciardo heads back out for a second time today
08:29
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Sutil the first man to stay out and he sets a 1:53.700
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08:23
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And Kobayashi now heads out for Caterham. Only Magnussen yet to be seen this morning
08:22
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Bianchi emerges for the first time this week for Marussia and he's joined by Juncadella in the Force India. Eight of the ten cars seen already today
08:20
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Silence falls over the track once again after those early installation laps. No sign of McLaren, Force India, Caterham or Marussia yet
08:16
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Kvyat back in to the pits as Rosberg returns to the track. Still raining out there
08:14
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Daniil Kvyat heads out for the first time this week having missed the whole of Wednesday's running
08:12
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Full wets the order of the day so far
08:12
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Ricciardo emerges in the Red Bull. That's a very strange sight this early!
08:11
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Rosberg is back out on track already, although pits after just the one lap
08:09
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Massa completes an installation lap and returns to the pits as Alonso heads out
08:05
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And Sutil is next out on track - true to his word that Sauber would be ready to go this morning after his crash yesterday when he "lost it in a very strange way"
08:04
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Rosberg returns to the pits after his installation lap
08:01
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Not long to wait for the answer. Unsurprisingly it's Rosberg in the Mercedes - he completed 97 laps on Wednesday
08:00
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Green flag. Who will be first out on the wet track?
07:58
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With two minutes until the green flag it's still raining out there. Max Chilton yesterday emphasised how tricky the cars must be to drive in the wet...
07:52
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Engines are firing up below, and it sounds like Caterham is eager to make an early appearance after managing just 10 laps yesterday and not setting a time
07:44
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Red Bull will be hoping for more track time today after its troubles this week, but Daniel Ricciardo was making no promises last night that it would fare any better than previous days
07:39
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Good morning from a wet Jerez circuit ahead of the final day of the first test. Pirelli's wet tyres are set to get another run this morning - no need to wet the track this time
16:01
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The chequered flag falls and Magnussen ends the day on top. Time to hear from the drivers!
15:55
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Magnussen, Massa, Alonso and Chilton on track with five minutes to go. That means Marussia has completed more laps than the Red Bull today.
15:50
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In all that red flag excitement, Massa went second quickest - 0.4s off Magnussen
15:49
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Green again as the car is quickly recovered. Ten minutes to go today.
15:49
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Once again the Toro Rosso mechanics run up to the car and push it back down the pit lane
15:45
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Red flag: The Toro Rosso has stopped in exactly the same place that it just did, this time as it was exiting the pits!
15:43
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Massa has joined the McLaren on track
15:41
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Magnussen heads out for another run - he's completed 41 laps so far and McLaren now has a total of 81
15:34
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Silence falls over the circuit with 25 minutes still to run today
15:28
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Magnussen does the fastest first sector, the fastest middle sector and then the fastest final sector to go quickest with a 1:23.276 - 0.6s clear of Hamilton
15:24
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After a little while a car heads out and it's Chilton again for Marussia, joined by Magnussen
15:20
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The green flag is waved once again with 40 minutes left on the clock
15:18
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The car has stopped in between the pit lane exit and the track, with Toro Rosso now pushing it back down the pit lane
15:16
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The engine died as it came past us here ... and the red flag is now out
15:16
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And Vergne lowers his best lap to a 1:29.915 but then stops after completing a lap
15:10
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Vergne re-emerges for the first time in a few hours in the Toro Rosso
15:06
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And we're green again. Alonso and Magnussen are straight back out having been on track prior to Sutil's crash
15:03
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While we're under red flags, we had this question (a lot) earlier:




Nope, these cars are likely to be a lot slower than last year's. Button reckons we'll get in to the 1m22s by the end of tomorrow but that's five seconds slower than the first day of testing here in 2013. Button also said these cars will be quicker than GP2 but closer to them at some circuits
15:00
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The tyre marks suggest Sutil dropped it between the hairpin and Turn 7, with the car swapping ends and hitting the tyre barrier
14:50
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It looks like it's at Turn 7 and he's ripped the front off the car
14:46
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Red flag: Sutil has crashed
14:39
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Chilton has done a second installation lap. My money is on him exceeding Red Bull's total...
14:39
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Confirmation from Red Bull that its running is done for today. Just three laps. Or 14 in total this week.
14:35
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Picking up the pace quickly, Magnussen drops in to the 1m25s. He's 0.7s off Button's time from today, for reference
14:34
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Magnussen improves his best time to a 1:26.270 while Hamilton is a tenth shy of his quickest lap
14:32
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That time from Hamilton is also the fastest of the week so far, the first time anyone has dipped below the 1m24s mark
14:31
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Hamilton goes over a second quicker than anyone else with a 1:23.952
14:27
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Alonso is joined by Hamilton out on track. They're the busiest two drivers so far today, although McLaren has the most overall laps
14:18
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A brief spell of silence before Alonso rejoins the track
14:14
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Just Magnussen left out on track as Hamilton pits. 54 laps for Mercedes so far today
14:08
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Magnussen improves to a 1:26.348 and fourth quickest, 1.3s off Button after 14 laps
14:04
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Chilton has completed his installation lap and returns to the pits. Can Marussia complete more laps today than Red Bull has in total?
14:03
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So we've got the new Marussia, and that's all ten teams present here this week having taken to the track. Only took until two hours from the end of day three
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13:54
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It seems the Marussia is about to make an appearance. Hopefully...
13:50
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McLaren now has the most total laps with 48 (Button 40, Magnussen 8)
13:50
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Alonso heads out on track. No sign of Mercedes for a while and Hamilton has been in the hospitality unit for some time
13:47
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Magnussen has made his first appearance for McLaren and is not handing around - eight laps done and he was pushing in the final sector. Fifth quickest so far, 2.7s off Button's best
13:20
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After that tweet we've also had a message from Marussia that "the time is getting closer"...
13:18
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13:10
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Sutil emerged for a short blast in the Sauber but pits again
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It's silent out there once again, but that allows the likes of Mercedes to send a message to Schumacher after the news his sedation is being reduced:


12:57
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Frijns with an out and an in lap, so he's still yet to set a time despite hitting double figures
12:52
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And we're green again after that stoppage. Just over three hours left today, nobody has passed Hamilton's total of 45 laps so far
12:42
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We've got a red flag out on track. Hulkenberg the man who has stopped up at Turn 5
12:30
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Massa on to the eighth lap of his run, and no sign of anybody joining him yet
12:17
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Massa heads out on track with the whole circuit to himself
12:15
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You've got to give it to Red Bull for having a sense of humour today...


12:14
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The track is empty now as the team's take a lunch break. Hulkenberg was last out on track.
11:50
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And Ricciardo completes a lap! He stays out too, so looks like Red Bull was on top of whichever issue stopped it on track
11:48
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Alonso has pit but Ricciardo heads out for another go. Quick turnaround from Red Bull
11:44
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Away from the track, there's been a fresh update on Michael Schumacher's condition after his skiing accident. A statement says "Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process"
11:41
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And Alonso goes second quickest with a 1:25.495, around half a second off Button
11:39
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Alonso is back out on track already after causing a red flag about an hour ago
11:36
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Just Button and Massa out there at the moment. Some teams may be thinking about a bit of a break for lunch, but Red Bull will not be one of them...
11:24
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Unsurprisingly after yesterday, Hamilton has completed the most laps with 45 so far
11:20
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Hulkenberg emerges for the first time in the Force India. Four cars on track now with Vergne and Massa out too
11:19
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The green flags wave and Button heads straight back out on track
11:16
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11:14
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Still waiting for the recovery truck to bring the Red Bull back from between turns 7 and 8
11:09
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So that's 11 and a half laps for Red Bull so far at this test. There have been issues with the Renault power unit, but Toro Rosso has completed 20 laps alone today and Caterham 20 in total this week
11:06
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11:03
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Ricciardo is out of the car but smoke is still coming from the rear. Not much reaction from the marshals yet
11:01
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And it is the Red Bull, which is smoking...
11:00
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Ricciardo leaves the pits, but now we have a red flag...
10:52
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Frijns with another installation lap and he leaves Button and Sutil on track
10:46
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All was quiet at Red Bull, but Marussia tells us that it will not be out before 1pm
10:44
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Green again. Ferrari with half the pit lane blocked by screens though as the car returns on the back of the recovery truck
10:43
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A fairly long red flag period after Alonso stops out on track. The fans in the main grandstand by the chicane seemed delighted have a good look at the Ferrari
10:19
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Button goes fastest once again with a 1:25.530. Times really do mean next to nothing, but it's nice to know who is quickest!
10:18
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Had a quick chat with Daniel Ricciardo last night, who has been "cold and bored" and was surprised Vettel didn't want to stay for more track time but believes he may have wanted to get back to his newborn daughter
10:16
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Button heads out on track to join Sutil and Hamilton, and I'm going to try and find out the latest from Red Bull...
10:14
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Predictions being taken on which car we will see first today: Red Bull or Marussia? I'm sticking with Red Bull.
10:06
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Hamilton goes fastest with a 1:25.973 for Mercedes, less than 0.1s quicker than Alonso's best
09:50
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The McLaren has the track to itself. We've still yet to see the Red Bull, Force India or Marussia today
09:47
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Button heads back out in the McLaren after his false start a bit ago
09:43
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It's from about an hour ago, but here's Massa in his new colours:


09:41
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Alonso lowers his best time so far to 1:26.017. Button said after his running yesterday that he expects to see times in the 1m22s by the end of the week
09:38
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Sutil leading Alonso on track, but he quickly gets out of the Ferrari's way...
09:29
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Hamilton now a second off Alonso's pace as he continues to circulate alone
09:27
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Much excitement in the media centre as the McLaren pulls out of the garage, cuts out and is wheeled straight back in. Cue everyone rushing to the window to watch.
09:22
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Hamilton up to second quickest so far and he's completed 15 laps. That Mercedes looks like it could just run all day...
09:19
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The silence is broken by Sutil - for the first time today - and Hamilton
09:05
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Massa is second having completed 5 laps, while Hamilton and Vergne have both completed 10. Three for Frijns and the same for Button who is now out on track again
09:04
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After the first hour Alonso is fastest on a 1:26.321 after 11 laps
09:01
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Been a busy start already, but a frustrating one for Caterham. Frijns - on his third lap - has again start at the pit entry
09:00
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With the lack of a Red Bull so far we've been down to the team and the sight of Ricciardo, Horner and Newey just hanging around suggests the RB10 won't be out soon...
08:15
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Silence falls over the track after that early flurry of laps. Five cars having completed installation laps (if we count Frijns making it to the pit entry as a lap!)
08:07
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It looks like Frijns has stopped at the pit lane entry, still under green flags so Hamilton heads out, but a long run for the Caterham mechanics who are at the pit exit!
08:06
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We have a Toro Rosso! After not seeing it at all yesterday, Vergne is already out on track
08:05
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Frijns also with an installation lap and now Alonso follows suit
08:01
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Massa is first out on track for Williams this morning
08:00
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Green flag, but no mad rush to get out on track
07:59
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The drivers running today are: Ricciardo, Alonso, Hamilton, Button (am) Magnussen (pm), Hulkenberg, Sutil, Vergne, Massa, Frijns and Bianchi
07:57
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Three minutes until the track goes green and Caterham looks ready to run based on the members on the pit wall
07:52
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Encouraging noises of engine fire-ups from below the media centre, with just under 10 minutes until the start of today's running
07:43
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I said it was crisp - it's 4C out there
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07:34
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Good morning from a clear but crisp Jerez circuit ahead of the third day of pre-season testing. There may be a bit more interest from the locals today as a certain Fernando Alonso appears for Ferrari
16:00
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The chequered flag is out and the day ends with Button quickest but the Mercedes looking very reliable already as Rosberg totals 96 laps
15:57
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That's Rosberg on to his 94th lap. More than the whole field managed yesterday
15:46
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Under 15 minutes to go and we have Rosberg out on track having now completed 86 laps - seven shy of yesterday's total
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Raikkonen leaves the pit lane and has the track to himself with 22 minutes left today
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Think the Marussia is here, then...
15:15
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15:08
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It's almost a race out there as Bottas leads Rosberg on track, setting first sectors 0.004s apart
15:07
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Daniil Kvyat has changed from jeans back in to his overalls and the team says it still hopes to get him out on track before 17:00
15:04
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It's been a pretty encouraging day for McLaren. Button is top of the timing screens again with a 1:24.165
14:52
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Not for long though, green now with less than 70 minutes left today
14:51
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The Caterham is returned to the pit lane but we're still under red flags
14:42
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It's Ericsson who has caused it. The Renault-powered Caterham has stopped late in the lap
14:40
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Red flag: It's not Rosberg who has caused it as he passes the pits...
14:39
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Rosberg is still circulating - this has been a long run for him - and he has Gutierrez and Ericsson for company. Ericsson does a 1:37.975 so Vettel is now last on the timing screens
14:22
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Bottas knocks Raikkonen off top spot with a 1:26.322, times tumbling this afternoon even if they mean next to nothing!
14:21
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And Bottas moves in to the 1m26s with a 1:26.577
14:20
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Ferrari seems to be making progress as Raikkonen continues to go quicker and quicker. Now a 1:26.421
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Now it's a Ferrari on top with Raikkonen setting a 1:26.585
14:15
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And now Rosberg sets the fastest time we've seen so far with a 1:27.073
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And so does Bottas. Four cars out there at the same time. That's a luxury this week!
14:14
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Raikkonen and Gutierrez join Rosberg on track
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And now Rosberg is quickest overall with a 1:27.453. Still 0.3s shy of Raikkonen's time yesterday
14:11
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Rosberg goes second quickest with a 1:28.149 and he looks like improving again. He has the most laps of anyone with 39 so far
14:09
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Rosberg heads out and he's quickly joined by Ericsson
14:05
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The Force India returns to the pits and we have the green flag once again
13:56
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The engine cover has been taken off the car and it looks like the smoke has now stopped
13:55
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Real issues sorting Perez's car out. Lots more smoke now and it's been sat there for a while
13:49
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Red flag: Perez has stopped at Turn 1 with a smoking car
13:48
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Vettel's running for the day is done, Red Bull confirms. An issue with the energy store...
13:37
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Still no sign of Toro Rosso today, which appears to be an engine issue. That's a Renault engine, and another one seems to be smoking a bit in the Red Bull garage...
13:34
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We've had Gutierrez back out for four laps for the first time since his off, and Rosberg now has the track to himself
13:24
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Ericsson completes an out and then an in lap, meaning he's still yet to set a time
13:05
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Raikkonen rejoins the action
13:04
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The top three cars (Button, Perez and Rosberg) are covered by 1.6s, then the rest are over 10 seconds off the pace
12:56
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We're back in to the 1m27s today as Button does a 1:27.556. Rosberg now third on a 1:31.227
12:41
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Perez then lowers his best again to a 1:28.376, still 1.2s off the best time from yesterday set by Raikkonen
12:39
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And Perez goes back to the top of the timesheets with a 1:28.624
12:37
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Perez running round now, a few seconds off his earlier pace, but now he's setting fastest sectors...
12:29
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Ericsson reappears at the second attempt to try and increase that mileage for Caterham and the Renault engine
12:25
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Not been a good time for Renault so far at this test. The three Renault-powered cars have completed a grand total of 27 laps between them
12:24
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Button goes quickest with a 1:29.114
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12:23
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The Caterham appears! And then it disappears. Ericsson pulls out of the garage, stops and is wheeled back in
12:21
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Perez is quickest overall after a 1:29.641 - he's just returned to the pits after that run
12:21
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Vettel returned for a timed lap - a 1:38.320 with Rosberg a second slower
11:44
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Now the track is empty once again. Seems like everyone is hungry...
11:30
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Vettel heads out on track for his fourth lap of the day. Or 7th of the whole test - the least of all the teams present bar Caterham and Marussia
11:27
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Perhaps 10 seconds was optimistic, but it'll be very soon as the engine fires up
11:25
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Caterham looks like it's going to head out in about 10 seconds...
11:21
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Looks like a bit of an unofficial lunch break being taken with the track drying out in the sunshine but no cars on track
11:13
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Rosberg with a slow installation lap - his third of the day - and then the track falls silent again
11:03
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I tell a lie, Button is on the intermediates and has just improved to a 1:36.094
10:59
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And Button goes quickest with a 1:36.232. He's on slicks now, as was Gutierrez when he went off
10:58
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Button out on track starting a run for McLaren. He's completed seven laps so far today but the team is content with its progress so far after failing to run on Tuesday
10:54
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Caterham told us it expects to be out on track very shortly
10:54
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Green flag - the Sauber is back in the pits and we are live again
10:48
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We've just had a chat with Sam Michael, who says his role at McLaren hasn't changed with all the restructuring and that it's provided the team with some added impetus for the future
10:46
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Gutierrez has actually gone off at Turn 5 - a long way off the track. He's in the gravel but just short of the barrier
10:42
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It is Gutierrez who has stopped out on track, we think somewhere around Turn 5
10:41
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And we have a red flag. Gutierrez was the only car on track...
10:40
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Bottas has lowered his best time to a 1:37.762, half a second quicker than Raikkonen
10:40
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There was a reason Hamilton was relaxing in the Mercedes hospitality unit, and that's because it's Rosberg running today. He's just taken to the track and completed an installation lap
10:19
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Just the one lap for Perez and he's back in the pits
10:16
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Perez heads out with the track to himself. We've still yet to see Mercedes, Toro Rosso or Caterham so far today
10:09
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Bottas now fastest on a 1:38.102. He pits as Button and Gutierrez head out
10:04
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Raikkonen goes quickest with a 1:38.272
10:01
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News away from the circuit is that Eric Boullier has been appointed Racing Director at McLaren effective from Monday February 3
09:58
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Raikkonen breaks the silence in the F14 T
09:55
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The track falls quiet once again as the sun breaks through. The question now is whether Pirelli will want to wet the track again at some point as it doesn't look like rain is imminent
09:53
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Times really are not representative at this stage though, with yesterday's best some 10 seconds off the fastest time from the opening day a year ago. And these cars are definitely not that much slower!
09:51
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Just Gutierrez setting times at present, lowering his best so far to a 1:42.661
09:48
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Marussia very unlikely to run until tomorrow, with the car set to arrive at the circuit this afternoon
09:46
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Gutierrez is out on track and is joined by Perez to make it an all-Mexican affair at the moment
09:38
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Vettel returns to the track for his second lap of the day. Just one more to match yesterday's tally...
09:38
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Mercedes is still waiting on parts to get to the track before it can go running again, so no new issues today
09:34
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Bottas goes quickest with a 1:38.374, he's on the intermediates now as the track dries
09:26
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We gave three (yes, three) cars on track at present. Raikkonen, Perez and Button out there. Oh, Perez ruins the excitement and pits
09:22
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Mercedes has just informed us that it expects to be running late morning today
09:22
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Mercedes yet to run and Hamilton is in the team's hospitality unit with his two dogs nearby. Not his busiest morning so far...
09:18
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Vettel back in the pits after an installation lap, Raikkonen now fastest with a 1:39.148 and Perez second on a 1:41.444
09:17
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And the sound of engines forces our return. Vettel is out on track for the first time, while Raikkonen and Perez have now set lap times
08:48
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With the track empty again, we're going for a wander in the paddock to see what's what this morning. Back soon.
08:44
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Gutierrez continues to circulate and has just done a 1:44.610
08:44
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The first sign of Kimi today too as he completes an installation lap for Ferrari. Five cars already this morning.
08:42
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And a second lap from Gutierrez immediately with a 1:45.089
08:40
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Gutierrez sets the first time of the day with a 1:49.424 while Perez also completes an installation lap
08:39
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Could probably do with an FIA-standard circuit first! A few people have said Silverstone would have been wet this time of year, but we're only looking for one day of wet running and ideally dry and warm(ish) the rest of the week
08:37
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Gutierrez heads back out for his second lap of the day. Not much spray at the speeds the drivers are doing at the moment...
08:35
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Today should be a bit more stable than yesterday, so feel free to tweet us any questions or comments during the day and we'll do our best to respond
08:30
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08:30
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Silence out there once again. There is rain forecast for later today so hopefully we won't have quiet spells punctuated by red flags while the track is watered again
08:25
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08:24
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Full wets the order of the opening runs. For the likes of Button who hasn't yet driven this car at all, to start with the new engine - and all that torque - on a wet track should be fun!
08:22
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Bottas also heads out, but has to almost stop in the pit lane as the McLaren is pushed back in to the garage and one of the team's press officers wanders across taking a photo
08:20
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That's the first installation lap for the McLaren and Button returns to the pits just as Gutierrez heads out in the Sauber
08:18
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And first out is Button in the McLaren
08:17
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Green flag!
08:15
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15 minutes after the scheduled green flag and we're still waiting. The tractor speeds by the media centre windows in the wrong direction...
08:09
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And now the clock is just ticking down as if the track was live, so we're going to still finish at 17:00 local time
08:07
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The track isn't green yet but the time has been reduced by five minutes for the day's running, so 7 hours 55 minutes is now on the clock
08:06
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McLaren looks ready to run, with a pit board out for Button and team members on the pit wall
08:02
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Looks like we have a delayed start. It's 9:02 local time but we are yet to have the green flag with tractors still on the track
07:57
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If you're interested as to how Pirelli wets the track, it's by using a tractor pulling a big tank of water spraying sideways behind it. The farming approach, basically...
07:50
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So we're looking to see if Mercedes has resolved its front wing issue, if Red Bull can get on track earlier than yesterday and if McLaren can get on track at all today!
07:49
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There's an engine firing up below me as I type, which is an encouraging sign after we saw less than 92 laps in total yesterday...
07:46
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Pirelli was originally going to do its wet testing on Friday, but with the track still wet this morning it is spraying to provide an even covering and will do the running today instead
07:41
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Good morning and welcome to live coverage of the second day of pre-season testing from Jerez. Today will be run in the wet after overnight rain, with Pirelli keen to test its wet weather tyres
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So at the end of all that, McLaren failed to run on the opening day, while Red Bull only managed three laps. Fastest was Raikkonen from Hamilton - despite his heavy crash - and Bottas ends the day third. We should see the McLaren and perhaps the Marussia tomorrow so join us then for more live coverage. Bye for now.
16:00
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The chequered flag is out and day one of testing comes to an end with Bottas and Perez out on track - Perez setting a 1:33.161 on his final lap
15:56
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Perez follows Vettel out and passes the slow-moving Red Bull at Turn 5
15:56
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And Vettel returns to the track, quick turnaround after his installation lap from Red Bull
15:54
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Bottas sets a lap time too, going third quickest on a 1:30.082
15:51
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Bottas heads back out with 10 minutes to go on the opening day
15:50
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Just the installation lap for Vettel. Much excitement as the sound of screeching tyres is heard in the media centre but no sign of a spinner...
15:45
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And here's Vettel! The first run for the reigning champion
15:45
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I was wrong - the sun returns and as a result so does Perez
15:39
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We have rain at the circuit now. Looks like a short shower but with 20 minutes left today that could spell the end of running...
15:29
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Bottas heads back out for a second time in the Williams in its all-blue testing livery. I wonder how that car would look with a Martini livery...
15:25
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Raikkonen is lapping once again, on to the third lap of this run. After the early stoppage it looks like an encouraging start for Ferrari in terms of track time
15:10
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We're hearing whispers of the Red Bull being ready to hit the track for the first time in the next 15 minutes...
15:06
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Just an installation lap for Bottas but good to see the Williams out there. Raikkonen continues to add up the laps - 24 completed now
15:00
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We have a Williams! Bottas heads out, followed by Raikkonen - all the sevens on track (Raikkonen no.7, Bottas no.77)
14:56
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And Raikkonen improves again to a 1:27.104. He's also completed the most laps of anyone now with 19
14:54
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Raikkonen sets the fastest time of the day so far with a 1:27.427
14:50
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Perez pits but it doesn't take long for Kimi to head out again
14:46
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Perez heads out for his second lap. He makes it further than turn four, unlike Vergne just now
14:43
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Green flag once again with 75 minutes to go on day one
14:32
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There's been plenty of opinion on the sound of the engines, but Toto Wolff reckons Mercedes is running somewhere around 9-10,000rpm so plenty more to come
14:28
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And the Toro Rosso stops out on track. In view of the media centre, it just slowly ground to a halt
14:27
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Vergne heads out on track for his 15th lap. A grand total of 57 laps between six cars so far today with 90 minutes to go
14:25
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Hamilton says the crash happened very quickly earlier, but definitely was front wing failure. Mercedes still looking in to which part exactly failed and why
14:24
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Ericsson did just the one lap, while Raikkonen now has a total of 15, Vergne 14 and Gutierrez 7
14:24
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It took Caterham at lot longer to appear. About 15 minutes ago the car finally emerged
13:21
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Caterham expects Marcus Ericsson to take its new car out on track in about 10 minutes, just as we'll be hearing from Nico Hulkenberg
13:20
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During our little break Gutierrez and Raikkonen completed laps. Kimi's best now just 1.654s off Hamilton after 11 laps
12:42
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Gutierrez pits, so an empty track means time to try and grab some lunch
12:38
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Gutierrez heads out, perhaps he'll join the party.
12:38
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So only timed laps from Hamilton (1:27.820), Raikkonen (1:33.131) and Vergne (1:36.530) so far
12:32
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And Kimi's back in to the pits. One timed lap is quite enough.
12:31
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Raikkonen's first timed lap is five seconds off Hamilton's best: a 1:33.131
12:29
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Kimi's back out and looking like setting a lap time...
12:25
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Raikkonen only completed another installation lap before pitting. Track is empty again, as it has been a lot today
12:14
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Toto Wolff confirms to Crash that it "looks like" the end of Mercedes' running today
12:14
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Raikkonen heads back out on track for Ferrari, starting his third lap
12:01
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Nobody heading back out yet so all the interest on Mercedes unloading the car. Investigation in to the cause of the crash needed
11:55
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We are green again after that excitement. That is likely to be Hamilton's day done as the car was heavily damaged
11:52
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Yup, the front wing was in the middle of the track and the tyre marks show the car went straight on under braking
11:48
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Lewis has made a mess of the car and it looks like a front wing failure on the pit straight
11:46
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Looks like a strange one. I think he's lost the car under braking in to the first corner and spun sideways in to the tyres
11:43
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And the first major incident - Hamilton's in the barrier in the first sector. Car is side-on against the tyres
11:34
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Gutierrez heads out on track. No official lunch break here so we're running straight through to 17:00 local time
11:32
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As it stands the track is empty. Vergne has lowered his best time to a 1:36.530 after 11 laps. Hamilton with the most laps on 14, then just two for Kimi and one apiece for Perez and Gutierrez
11:24
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No sign of the McLaren yet, and a spokesman has told Crash that if we do see the car today it will just be for an installation lap or two mid-afternoon
11:23
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Vettel seems to be keen to get out on track, but he's not too concerned with so little running for everyone so far
10:55
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And while Hamilton pits, it's time to hear from the reigning world champion. Back soon.
10:54
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Hamilton with a new fastest lap: 1:29.662
10:52
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Big excitement as we have two cars on track at once: Hamilton and Vergne out there
10:52
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Seeing as the team only started crash testing 10 days ago then it's not such a surprise!
10:50
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Red Bull has yet to go out - Vettel was scheduled to be driving - due to a "silly" issue according to Newey. Horner said it's because the car isn't quite ready yet
10:48
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Typically, now that media session is over the track has gone quiet again. Marussia members were watching the Toro Rosso lap just before then as they wait for their car to arrive
10:44
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Hamilton has now done seven laps with a best time of 1:33.305. Vergne the only other driver to set a time with a 1:43.299 after six laps, and first laps for Gutierrez in the Sauber and Perez for Force India
10:43
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And we return. Busy session down at Red Bull and it's got busier on track too, slightly...
09:22
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Another single lap run for Hamilton, so as the track falls quiet again we're heading to hear from Red Bull about the new RB10
09:19
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And just as I type, out goes Hamilton once again
09:18
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As our silence will tell you, there's nothing happening out there at the moment. But we will be hearing from Red Bull soon
09:08
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Green flag. Finally.
09:06
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Still under red flag - over 25 minutes this delay - but we do have news from Marussia: the MR03 is on its way to Jerez
09:02
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Although we've seen very little of them, today's driving line-up is: Ericsson, Raikkonen, Perez, Chilton, Button, Hamilton, Vettel, Gutierrez, Vergne and Bottas
08:58
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Great fun in the media centre as the internet keeps going down. Even the 2014 cars might be more reliable...
08:57
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Kimi's back in the Ferrari garage but his car is not yet
08:41
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And our first red flag! Raikkonen has stopped out on track somewhere
08:40
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The first sign of the Ferrari as Raikkonen heads out on track. It's pretty quiet...
08:35
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Just the one lap again for Hamilton. So that's a grand total of two laps completed by all the teams in the first 35 minutes of testing
08:31
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And Raikkonen appears ready to head out as well...
08:31
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More noise! Hamilton heads out for a second run
08:27
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Caterham's delayed launch shouldn't have a huge impact on its plans for today. It will still run when the car is ready and then launch officially tomorrow
08:14
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After Hamilton's installation lap it's silent again outside. The Toro Rosso did fire up at 08:50 but no sign of it yet
08:10
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The Marussia is still not here, but the team hopes it will be tomorrow
08:08
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Hamilton went out at 9am local time and did an installation lap while we were still in the pit lane
08:08
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So, as our Twitter feed shows that was a very busy 40 minutes!
07:14
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Anyway, even though it is still dark outside we are heading out for the first launch down at Mercedes
07:13
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And just before I run out in to the pit lane for the start of the launches, Caterham announces a delay to its launch...
07:02
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After that we have Red Bull at 08:40, Caterham at 08:45 and Force India at 08:50 - lots of running up and down the pit lane!
07:02
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We've got a number of launches this morning, starting with Mercedes in 20 minutes at 08:20 local time
07:01
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Good morning from Jerez and welcome to live updates of the first day of testing of 2014

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