Daniel Ricciardo set the pace for Red Bull on the second day of testing in Barcelona.
Ricciardo shot to the top of the timesheets with a lap of 1:24.475 on the soft tyres in the morning, before preceding to complete a full race simulation of 65 laps in the afternoon session, clocking up a grand total of 143 laps on the day, the most of any driver.
As was the case on Thursday, Kimi Raikkonen ended day two in Barcelona second fastest for Ferrari, the Finn a hundredth of a second shy of Ricciardo’s session topping time.
Felipe Massa was third for Williams, with the Brazilian completing 88 laps at the wheel of the FW37.
After his surprise cameo on Thursday afternoon, Sergio Perez ended his first full day of running in Barcelona fourth fastest in the year-old Force India.
Nico Rosberg started the day driving for Mercedes, despite concerns of a neck injury, and managed 66 laps before the team opted to replace him with Lewis Hamilton after lunch.
The reigning champion had to sit out most of the opening day of testing due to feeling unwell, but was back on form on Friday afternoon, as he racked up 89 laps on his way to fifth fastest.
Hamilton’s best time of 1:24.923 was just three tenths shy of Ricciardo’s fastest lap of the day, despite lapping on the slower medium tyre in the Mercedes.
Fernando Alonso was seventh on what was an encouraging day for McLaren.
The team had feared a repeat of the MGU-K problem which cut short its programme on the opening day, but the Spaniard completed 58 laps, the most either McLaren driver has completed on a single day so far during testing.
GP2 champion and Lotus reserve driver Jolyon Palmer had his first day of running in the new team’s new E23, and managed 75 laps, despite a minor delay in the morning as the team completed a major aero sensor change.
Marcus Ericsson was ninth for Sauber, some 2.7 seconds off the pace, but the Swede completed the third most mileage of anyone on the day, with a tally of 113 laps in the C34, despite a late stoppage on the start-finish straight.
Carlos Sainz Jr. propped up the timesheets for Toro Rosso after causing the second red flag of the day with a spin at Turn 9.
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