F1 Paddock Pass: Barcelona Test 2, Day 2 (VIDEO)

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BARCELONA – Testing ahead of the 2016 Formula 1 season continued in earnest in Barcelona on Wednesday as the countdown to Melbourne continued.

It proved to be another successful day for Mercedes as both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg once again racked up the miles, but Valtteri Bottas ultimately came out on top for Williams.

The super-soft tire allowed the Finn to finish three-tenths clear at the top of the timesheets, but there were plenty of talking points coming out of the running.

Recapping all of the day’s news, Will Buxton brings you the latest edition of NBC Sports’ original digital series Paddock Pass.

In part one, Buxton discusses the elimination-style qualifying system that will be implemented for 2016, although when it actually debuts remains to be seen. Buxton also chats with three-time and defending World Champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas about the process he’s going through in winter testing.

In part two, Buxton talks with the ever-smiling Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing, now with its TAG Heuer badged power unit, and also with yours truly as we recap the timesheets and standout performances from the day.