Hello and welcome to ESPNF!'s live coverage of first practice from Yas Marina ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Well, the big focus this weekend is obviously around the world drivers' championship. Seventeen points separate Hamilton and Rosberg out in front, you can vote in our poll on who you think will claim the title.
@RohanMehta: I liked Vettel's "Can you repeat the question?" when he had finished, too. Comedy.
@Andre: For McLaren? My theory is, the delay is because McLaren wants an Alonso/JB line-up for its first season at Honda, with Magnussen taking a testing role with a view to a senior drive in 2016.
The clock is ticking and a stream of cars make their way out from the twisty pit exit onto the Yas Marina circuit.
@Andre: As with all these things, the team is likely weighing up its options. Likely to be considering GP3 champion-in-waiting Alex Lynn and Carlos Sainz Jr. Some real talent waiting to burst into F1 on Red Bull's young driver programme.
@JamesSpencer: Possibly - there's no guarantee second is a safe position during the race. If there's a late safety car or anything like that, he will want to be safely in first rather than desperately holding off a Williams, for example, on fresher tyres.
New drivers to tell you about today. Will Stevens (Caterham), Adderley Fong (Sauber) and Esteban Ocon (Lotus).
Every driver has completed their installation laps.
Seeing a replay of Guiterrez going into his pit box and nearly collecting a mechanic.
Button complains about a lack of grip in the pit lane.
That would certainly explain Gutierrez's hairy moment earlier
@Capoa: Red Bull's young driver programme is almost a victim of its own success. It has so many young drivers on its books some slip through the cracks, especially when they promote a guy as young as Verstappen.
@RohanMehta: Remember, the engine freeze has basically locked in the advantage of Mercedes power this year. In the first half of the season Williams seemed to be shooting itself in the foot more often that not, they've now found an aerodynamic package which unlocks the raw power of its Mercedes engine.
Still no timed laps, with all 20 cars back in the pits.
Which means so far they're not taking advantage of those extra set of tyres they get for the first half an hour.
Gotta love Ricciardo's helmet this weekend
Reminds me a lot of Valentino Rossi's old lid in MotoGP.
Alonso also has a good lid this weekend. Signatures of all the Ferrari mechanics on his final weekend with the team. Colours of the Italian flag on the other side.
@JamesSpencer: Of course, they'll want the best result possible. But at the same time they're not going to do anything to benefit Lewis - the approach will be like any normal weekend.
A few cars out on track now.
McLaren running a few 2015 parts, designed by ex-Red Bull technical chief Peter Prodromou