2020 Barcelona Pre-Season Test 2 Live

28 February, 2020 - 17:14

That's a wrap on our live coverage of pre-season testing. Thank you for joining us throughout the past fortnight and we hope to see you again for the season-opener in Melbourne on March 13-15, when our live coverage will resume. 

In the meantime, keep it with Crash.net for all the latest news and analysis heading into the new season. 

28 February, 2020 - 17:12

Here's our final report from testing as Bottas puts Mercedes back to the top of the timesheets...

28 February, 2020 - 17:03
28 February, 2020 - 17:01

Chequered flag - that is it for 2020 pre-season test and Bottas takes top spot once again.

28 February, 2020 - 16:57

More on that FIA statement about Ferrari's 2019 power unit when we get it. On the track Perez has improved by a fraction with a 1m 16.634s.

28 February, 2020 - 16:54

Not to distract from the late time attacks going on, but this just in from the FIA regarding Ferrari's power unit from last year:

"The FIA announces that, after thorough technical investigations, it has concluded its analysis of the operation of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Power Unit and reached a settlement with the team. The specifics of the agreement will remain between the parties.

"The FIA and Scuderia Ferrari have agreed to a number of technical commitments that will improve the monitoring of all Formula 1 Power Units for forthcoming championship seasons as well as assist the FIA in other regulatory duties in Formula 1 and in its research activities on carbon emissions and sustainable fuels."

28 February, 2020 - 16:52

Verstappen is still trying to find the 0.073s worth of lap time to take top spot off Bottas before the end of the day. He improves in Sector 1 but loses a chunk of time in the Sector 2 which sees the lap slide away.

28 February, 2020 - 16:51

10 minutes of track action to go here at Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona!

28 February, 2020 - 16:45

With no red flags to stop track running today the lap counts are reaching new levels. Leclerc leads the way with a marathon 175 laps which is almost the distance of three Spanish Grand Prix!

28 February, 2020 - 16:42

Magnussen instantly puts in a personal lap time improvement with a 1m 17.803s.

28 February, 2020 - 16:40
28 February, 2020 - 16:39

Verstappen gives it one more go but that pesky final sector poses a problem again. A drift wide at Turn 13 forces the Red Bull driver off track and he duly gives up on the lap. Time for some practice pit stops which could mean the end of his pre-season testing action with 22 minutes to go.

28 February, 2020 - 16:35

The Red Bull driver didn't make a mess of the final sector this time but it was still where he lost a vital two-tenths of a second compared to Bottas. Verstappen was running on the C4s compared to Bottas who set his time on the C5s.

28 February, 2020 - 16:33

Verstappen is giving it a second go on the C4 tyres and produces a 1m 16.269s to go P2. Just 0.073s splits the Dutch driver from Bottas the top of the times!

28 February, 2020 - 16:29

Into the final 30 minutes of pre-season testing action. Will anyone try to challenge Bottas at the head of the times?

28 February, 2020 - 16:25

Bottas is back out after being spotted with big plumes of smoke coming from his Mercedes engine.

28 February, 2020 - 16:23
28 February, 2020 - 16:20

Verstappen is hunting for a headline time but a messy final sector wrecks a lap on the C4 tyres.

28 February, 2020 - 16:14

Is this a sign of another broken engine for Mercedes? Bottas returned to the pits around 10 minutes ago and hasn't been seen since.

28 February, 2020 - 16:08

After all those pit stops Alfa Romeo are completely done for today as the car is getting dismantled and the garage is emptying. That must be a satisfying feeling with over 50 minutes of the day to go.