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Kevin Magnussen set the fastest time of the second day of testing in Bahrain as McLaren finished well clear of the field.

Having endured a tough morning during which he only completed eight laps, Magnussen emerged late in the afternoon for some more consistent running and went over a second and a half quicker than anyone else with a 1:34.910 on the super soft tyre. That time came during the final hour of running as McLaren finished the day having completed 45 laps.

Nico Hulkenberg was the man that Magnussen displaced at the top of the timesheets. Having been quickest on the opening day at the Bahrain International Circuit, Hulkenberg was 1.535s off Magnussen's best having been top for the majority of the afternoon session.

Third fastest was Fernando Alonso, who improved on the soft tyre in the final five minutes to set a 1:36.516 in his Ferrari. The F14 T also ran reliably, with Alonso finishing the day with the second-highest lap count of 96 laps.

Nico Rosberg was fourth quickest for Mercedes despite a troubled morning. Rosberg stopped out on track twice - the first on his installation lap - but recovered to complete 84 laps throughout the day. There were also signs of improvement at Red Bull as Sebastian Vettel managed 58 laps en-route to the seventh fastest time; more than doubling the team's pre-season testing mileage in one day.

Between Rosberg and Vettel were Valtteri Bottas - who enjoyed a very productive day - and Kamui Kobayashi. Bottas was the only driver to break the 100-lap barrier as Williams made up for time lost to a fuel system issue on Wednesday. His best lap of 1:37.635 left him almost three seconds slower than Magnussen, while Kobayashi was a further 2.5s further back after a late improvement in the Caterham.

Jean-Eric Vergne had a busy morning as Toro Rosso looked to improve on its total of five laps from yesterday. Vergne enjoyed the most running in the first half of the day but caused a red flag just before 13:00 local time and was limited to 57 laps in total.

There were four red flags in total, with Esteban Gutierrez responsible for the last of those when his Sauber stopped with a little under two hours still to run. That stoppage confined him to the garage for the rest of the day, while Romain Grosjean also only managed 18 laps on his second day in the E22 as Lotus again struggle for mileage.

Marussia was another team to hit issues, completing just 17 laps as a fuel system problem prevented Max Chilton from running for much of the afternoon.



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