Kimi Raikkonen led the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona, putting Ferrari just 0.023 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.

Using soft compound tyres, Raikkonen set a best time of 1m20.960s just over an hour into Tuesday afternoon’s running – narrowly bettering Hamilton’s session-topping morning effort of 1m20.983s, which was set using super-softs.

Hamilton’s effort was still good enough to finish the day second overall, with Valtteri Bottas taking over driving duties for Mercedes for the afternoon.

The Finnish driver’s prime focus was on completing a race simulation, his best lap of 1m22.986s only ending up seventh on the leaderboard.

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