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Daniel Ricciardo maintained his place at the top of the timesheets at the close of the second day for F1 testing around the Circuit de Catalunya, the Australian completing the most laps for Red Bull Racing too.

Despite a stop in the first few minutes of the day, Ricciardo got up to speed mid-morning, turning in a best lap of 1min 24.574secs prior to lunchtime, just 0.010secs ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

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It was a benchmark that would hold steady until the final chequered flag of the day as the top two remained unchanged right to the end. However, while the top time is an obvious fillip for Red Bull Racing, given its indifferent reliability thus far, it will likely be more enthused at the 143 lap total the Australian managed over the course of the day.

A productive day for most teams as all but McLaren exceeded 75 laps, Raikkonen was followed by Felipe Massa, one of the few movers in the afternoon in the Williams as he dipped into the 1min 24s for the first time, and Sergio Perez, who was another to creep under 1min 25secs, the Mexican putting the 2014 specification Force India fourth fastest on the timesheets.

Having run Nico Rosberg in the morning, reigning champion Lewis Hamilton made a surprise appearance for Mercedes in the afternoon. Still suffering the after-effects of a trapped nerve in his neck, Rosberg covered 66 laps but opted to sit out the afternoon as a precaution, opening the door for Hamilton - who missed most of yesterday due to a fever - to return to the cockpit in his place.

Focusing on longer race runs, Hamilton accumulated an impressive 89 laps and steadily worked his best time down to 1min 24.923secs and the fifth fastest time, just three tenths from the top.

Rosberg followed in sixth place despite his curtailed day, ahead of Fernando Alonso, who not only defied earlier suggestions the McLaren may only complete limited running, but gave the MP4-30 its most productive day yet at a full 59, largely trouble-free laps.

Getting his first taste of Lotus machinery, Jolyon Palmer eventually landed the eighth best time from Sauber's Marcus Ericsson - who stopped late on with a technical issues - and Carlos Sainz, who lost time with a spin.