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Kimi Raikkonen leads day two of F1 testing for Ferrari in Barcelona

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Kimi Raikkonen led Ferrari to the top of the timesheets on day two of Formula 1’s pre-season test running in Barcelona, edging out Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Ferrari made an impressive start to testing with the new SF70H car on Monday as Sebastian Vettel completed over 100 laps of running.

Raikkonen enjoyed his first extended run in the car on Tuesday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, recording the fastest time of the day.

The Finn’s lap of 1:20.960 was two-hundredths of a second faster than that of Hamilton, who once again split running for Mercedes with teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton’s fastest lap came on the super-soft tire as Mercedes began to focus on race simulations, with Bottas racking up a century in laps during the afternoon session despite a brief scare while exiting Turn 9.

Bottas was one of three drivers to manage over 100 laps, along with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and day leader Raikkonen.

Max Verstappen finished the day third for Red Bull ahead of Magnussen, while Force India’s Esteban Ocon ended his debut run in the team’s 2017 car fifth overall.

Daniil Kvyat was sixth for Toro Rosso ahead of Bottas and Jolyon Palmer, while Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi ended up ninth during his run-out with Sauber in place of the injured Pascal Wehrlein. An engine issue limited Giovinazzi’s running in the morning, but the Italian managed 66 laps in total.

McLaren endured another tough day as further issues with its Honda power unit left Stoffel Vandoorne on the sidelines for much of the running. Vandoorne completed 40 laps in total, but the issues raised further concern following a tough start to testing for Fernando Alonso on Monday.

Williams rookie Lance Stroll propped up the timesheets in 11th place, having completed just 12 laps after spinning at the exit of Turn 9 and damaging his FW40 car. Williams confirmed just before lunch that it would not be going back out on Tuesday, with parts in need of repair and en route back to its base in England.

Testing continues on Wednesday in Barcelona from 9am local time (3am ET).

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.