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Formula 1 pre-season testing – day two

Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummarySecond day of the first pre-season test in BarcelonaGet involved on #bbcf1Hamilton fastest on day oneLive ReportingBy Victoria TurnerAll times stated are UKPosted at 9:129:12’First feedback was positive’Alfa Romeo team principal…

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Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreSummarySecond day of the first pre-season test in BarcelonaGet involved on #bbcf1Hamilton fastest on day oneLive ReportingBy Victoria TurnerAll times stated are UKPosted at 9:129:12’First feedback was positive’Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur tells Sky Sports F1: “We have to be focused and stick to the program, sometimes it is boring as we are doing a long stint.”We solved some problems with the car and the first feedback was positive. It’s the same for everybody and we have to do the job and be focused and try to improve step by step.”Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 9:079:07Gasly goes quickestHere are the latest times: Pierre Gasly 1:18.749 (Alpha Tauri) laps -17Lewis Hamilton 1:18.915 (Mercedes) laps – 21Daniel Ricciardo 1:19.140 (Renault) laps – 10 Charles Leclerc 1:19.202 (Ferrari) laps – 15Romain Grosjean 1:20.782 (Haas) laps – 24Kimi Raikkonen 1:21.506 (Alfa Romeo) laps – 11Posted at 9:019:01Random fact of the day…Daniel Ricciardo is a Manchester United fan. I found this out when I first interviewed him back in 2010 when he was in the Red Bull academy. I believe I was the first Welsh person to interview him – which is my best claim to fame! Posted at 8:558:55’Everything running as planned’Andrew BensonBBC Sport’s chief F1 writerFrom Renault: “Daniel is heading out for his first run of the day. We’ll
be looking at some performance items on the car using the C2 and C3 compounds.”Yesterday we ran as we expected with everything running as planned. Both
drivers felt happy in the car and looking to build mileage and confidence
through the week.”Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 8:528:52David M: Great to see Merc start strong, but it’s pre-season testing and means little. Recall Ferrari looked like the team to beat after last year’s testing.Wayne Hunt: All the cars ran well yesterday without a single red flag. McLaren, Williams both done amazing laps.Jose Thorpe: I don’t think Mercedes changed their approach, Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest on hard compound says a lot about the potential of this car already. They’re still on the same plan of testing which makes it scary by the time they start showing their true pace.Posted at 8:518:51’Good to be back’Haas’ Kevin Magnussen was 14th out of 15 drivers yesterday, but was just happy to be back.Posted at 8:498:49Post updateAndrew BensonBBC Sport’s chief F1 writerThe Chinese Grand Prix has been
cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak, but that is not the end of its
effect on F1. McLaren have instigated a company-wide policy that anyone who has
been to China cannot come into contact with anyone at the team for a period of
14 days.That was bad news for a Chinese F1 journalist who flew over for
pre-season testing and was told by email that he would not be able to come into
the team’s hospitality area or into contact with any of their staff. A
spokesman emphasised this applied to anyone of any nationality who had returned
from China within the period in question. “The McLaren Group has issued a
policy setting out restrictions and conditions we believe prudent to safeguard
the health and well-being of our people, contractors and customers and protect
our operations,” he said.“Among these measures is a precaution that anyone who
has travelled from China in the last 14 days is not permitted to enter a
McLaren Group operated building or facility for up to 14 days. We continue to
monitor the situation closely and will revise our policy as circumstances
change, while working with Formula 1 and the FIA.”Posted at 8:478:47Post updateThere was a grand total of zero red flags yesterday… I wonder if that will be the case today?Posted at 8:468:46Latest lap timesFour drivers have now set a lap time, but Hamilton remains fastest. The top four currently are: Lewis Hamilton 1:18.915 (Mercedes) laps – 16Charles Leclerc 1:20.196 (Ferrari) laps – 6Romain Grosjean 1:20.782 (Haas) laps – 10Pierre Gasly 1:29.291 (Alpha Tauri) laps – 11Posted at 8:418:41Weather reportIt’s rather chilly.But at least it’s sunny!Pirelli MotorsportCopyright: Pirelli MotorsportPosted at 8:398:39Newcomer Latifi on his ‘cool’ dayAndrew BensonBBC Sport’s chief F1 writerCanadian Nicholas Latifi had his first test as a
fully fledged Grand Prix driver on Wednesday afternoon but he was taking it in
his stride. “It was something really cool,” he said. “I was the only rookie on
the grid, but cool to stand among them. About half of them I have raced against
in junior categories so there’s an element of familiarity, but to be one of the
official race drivers is pretty cool.”Overall for me was a very positive feeling,
first out so credit for the team to get everything organised, as it was
frustrating last year, they pushed hard in winter and everything was set to go.
Overall impressions are positive so far compared to last year, definitely feels
a step forward, more overall grip, but it’s only the first day of testing so
we’ll have to see how it evolves.”Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 8:348:34Francesca Gunn: Come on Mercedes, top testing again! Although I’m surprised they’re showing their strength already, they usually like to down play it in the winter testing.Chris ParsonsCopyright: Chris ParsonsPosted at 8:348:34Post updateMax Verstappen (pictured below) put down the most laps yesterday with a super impressive 168 rotations of the Barcelona circuit. But will his team-mate Alex Albon better that today? Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 8:268:26Post updateOnly two drivers have put down a lap time so far. Lewis Hamilton – 1:20.933Pierre Gasly – 1:37.755 It’s cold out there so I don’t expect the times to be as quick as the morning session yesterday. Posted at 8:238:23Vettel feeling betterThe Ferrari driver missed the test yesterday because he was feeling unwell, but his team have said that he will be out in the afternoon session.Posted at 8:148:14Taking notesAndrew BensonBBC Sport’s chief F1 writerGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesOn Wednesday, Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc’s
first impressions of the car made it into the public domain when a notebook he
was using was caught on camera. He’s far from the first driver to use a
notebook – team-mate Sebastian Vettel has one, and so does Red Bull’s Alexander
Albon.Leclerc said he found a notebook more reliable than an electronic
device. ”I’ve done them with different things before with tablets but now I’m
going back to the old stuff as I’ve had a few things in the past where I lost
all my notes and arrived in the briefing at the end of the day having done 150
laps and it’s a bit confusing,” he said.”I’m back with the notebook and
the pen, which is very nice. We do so many laps it can be confusing at the end
of the day and writing helps me to remind me to be more precise at the
briefings.”Posted at 8:128:12We had a Mercedes one-two yesterday, but who would you like to see top the timesheets today? Posted at 8:098:09Gasly in the gravelA spin on turn 9 for the Alpha Tauri driver means he has ended up off the track. The cold temperatures have caught out the Frenchman – the track is currently only five degrees! He crashed the Red Bull in the same turn during testing last year…Posted at 8:058:05’A very positive start’Andrew BensonBBC Sport’s chief F1 writerIt is unusual to see a Mercedes topping the times
in pre-season testing – the world champions usually spend winter pounding
around with a load of fuel on board making sure they understand their car fully
and don’t unleash it until the first race.It’s doubly unusual to see it on the
first day – and yet there were Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas first and
second on Wednesday, and Hamilton more than 0.3secs up on anyone else despite
using the hard tyre. There’s no reason to believe Mercedes have changed their
pre-season approach, so this is a formidable way to start the year.Hamilton
described it as “a good day” and technical director James Allison “a very
positive start to our winter testing campaign”. Mercedes start the season as
favourites for a reason. Already it looks as if they will take some beating.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 8:048:04Who will come out on top today?It was Mercedes who dominated the sessions on WednesdayThis is how it ended yesterday. F1Copyright: F1
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Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday,…

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