@Michael: There's a lot more rubber down on the circuit by then, plus they get an extra set of fresh super soft tyres, so the times keep dropping. Also likely a team like Mercedes won't go flat out in Q1 when it doesn't need to.
Just over half an hour left in this session and I imagine we'll see some super soft laps soon.
Rosberg has just gone purple in the first sector so let's see if he can hook a better lap together.
TV replays show Kimi running wide at Turn 17, his car looks incredibly snappy today.
Rosberg improves hugely on his first lap and goes P1 - setting a 1:42.635.
Hamilton can only manage a lap 0.128s slower than Rosberg, good enough for third.
Staggering when you see Alonso, splitting the Mercs, and then consider he did that lap on the softer tyre compound. It still shocks me.
@@radical: Everyone but Alonso has set times on the soft tyre.
@@radical: My point was they are on a par with Alonso's super soft pace on the soft tyre.
Alonso has already changed out of his overalls so unlikely we'll see the Spaniard again in this session. He got an early qualifying simulation in and that's that. As that Pirelli tweet said, not a great deal to learn in this session.
Button moves up to seventh.
Stevens has improved to within four tenths of Kobayashi in this session. He was nearly two seconds down on the Japanese driver
@MICHAELDSOUZA: I'm holding out in the hope Ron Dennis gives me a call.....
@mfbull: Ah yes, the Pole Trophy. Musn't forget about the pole trophy.
I think the Pole Trophy will be even more of a body blow to Rosberg if he wins that and not the championship.
@mfbull: Join the dark side? I think someone in a cloak and a wrinkly face approaches you and seduces you with the world of PR. So I hear, anyway.
Grosjean the latest driver to run deep at the end of the first back straight.
@Capoa: A cynic could say that, I couldn't possibly comment....
The gap would be 15 points rather than 17, so not a huge difference in proceedings.
@Capoa: Yes, he's well within that time.
Everyone but Gutierrez back in the garage so we'll see some late runs on the super soft tyre right now.