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Live Reporting

Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodbye


    That just about wraps things up for our live coverage of the first pre-season test of the year. 

    Today was frustrating at times with some teams understandably reluctant to risk their machinery in the wettest of the conditions, but ultimately the number of laps put in by the teams - Haas in particular - was impressive. 

    Do we know anymore today than we did yesterday? Probably not. But I'm sure the teams do, and Pirelli certainly do.

    Testing continues at this same track next week, where we should discover a little bit more about whose season will be one of success and whose will be a struggle. 

    M'coll Gary Rose will be here to guide you through it all, starting on Tuesday 7 March.

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  4. Chequered flag

    No improvements late on. The first pre-season test of the year is over. 

    Raikkonen ends the day quickest for Ferrari, followed by Verstappen of Red Bull and Renault's Palmer.

  5. One minute to go....

    Five cars on track.

    Any late heroics?

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  7. Palmer into third

    As I have that little moan, my eye is drawn to third place on the timing screen. Sorry I missed it earlier.

    A 1:21.778 for Jolyon Palmer in the Renault. On the soft tyre. That's some good going by the team from Enstone. 

    They've gone quicker oon the soft tyre at this test, but don't forget the track conditions have been skewed today by all the water that has gone down.

    Renault have had a good week and that time really underlines it.

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    Giovinazzi hauls the Sauber up to fourth place on the ultrasoft. 


    Come on lads. It's almost home time. Someone do something to finish this test with a flourish!

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    A further improvement for Raikkonen's Ferrari, the Finn now getting his time down to 1:20.872, Still on the soft tyre.

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  12. Times with 30 minutes to go

    1 Raikkonen  Ferrari  1:21.263 (77 laps) Soft

    2 Verstappen  Red Bull  1:21.769 (83) Soft  

    3 Perez  Force India  1:22.534 (61)  Supersoft 

    4 Vandoorne  McLaren  1:22.721 (60) Ultrasoft  

    5 Grosjean  Haas  1:22.739 (101) Supersoft

    6 Giovinazzi  Sauber  1:23.129 (71) Ultrasoft  

    7 Bottas  Mercedes  1:23.443 (68) Soft

    8 Palmer  Renault  1:24.312 (27)  Medium

    9 Hulkenberg  Renault  1:24.974 (51) Soft

    No other drivers have set timed laps.

  13. McLaren update

    McLaren have bolted a set of ultrasofts and Vandoorne returns a  1:22.721. He's into fourth place, two tenths behind the Force India of Perez who did his time on the soft.

    Vandoorne has done 58 laps today.

  14. Quiz answer

    I asked you earlier which driver holds the record for the longest gap between podiums.

    The answer, as most of you knew, was Alex Wurz, who went seven years, nine months and 11 days between his first podium in Britain in 1997 and his second in San Marino in 2005.

    Stoo G‏  was the first to get this right, and gets bonus points for pointing out that Wurz inherited his Imola 2005 podium after Jenson Button was disqualified, so the next time he physically stood on the podium was Canada 2007, when he did that weird thing with his hand.

    Thanks for playing...

  15. Raikkonen back to the summit

    Raikkonen returns to top spot in the Ferrari with a 1:21.324 on soft tyres. He then improves further with a 1:21.263. Less than one hour remains.

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  17. We have a new leader

    Max Verstappen does a good lap on the soft tyre for Red Bull. His time of 1.21.839 is not the team's best of the week, but is pretty rapid nevertheless.

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    Sergio Perez remains the man on the move on track and vaults to second place with a supersoft-aided 1:22.681, three tenths down on Raikkonen's benchmark.

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  20. Williams parts arrive in style

    Dan Knutson

    F1 journalist in Barcelona

    The Barcelona test is winding down – less than two hours to go – but all the transporters are staying put, of course, as the second four-day test begins on Tuesday.

    When the teams need new parts in a hurry, they fly them out to the track. But the teams also use vans and small trucks to regularly shuttle parts and equipment between their factories and the track. 

    This rig just arrived in the paddock from the UK and contained a new monocoque for Williams. The team will build up a new car around it and run it in the next test.