@Capoa: This is a day/night race means the temperatures will be cooler than usual, and shouldn't have a big impact in the race.
@mfbull: Nope, but it did trial the new Peter Prodromou nose. Very Red Bull-esque.
Magnussen now jumps into P1, setting a 1:44.895.
@@gaurav2438: F1 only sells those on for an astronomical fee. That's why no F1 website has access to the times other than the official F1 website. Heaven forbid, F1 should promote the sport to fans across the world.
@Capoa: Rob Smedley said in the break between sessions that it has tweaked the bodywork to improve cooling at this race, with temperatures higher than Brazil. He was pretty miffed as to what the issue was, however.
More bad news from McLaren and Button coming up.....
Rosberg leaps into P1, setting a 1:43.024, while Hamilton can only cross six tenths down on his team-mate at the first attempt.
Vettel, wearing his 'Danke' Red Bull helmet, jumps into third but is still a huge 1.4s down on Mercedes.
Grosjean having to bail out into Turn 8 as he approaches the slow Ferrari of Raikkonen. It seemed Raikkonen was slowing down and waiting for Grosjean to pass down the inside.
Big, big lock-up from Sutil at that same turn and he has to spin his car around to get back on the race track. Possibly a brake-by-wire issue.
"I have a brake disc failure," reports Sutil. So not brake-by-wire then. Very well held by Sutil.
A few guys potentially at their last F1 race this weekend. Sutil, JEV, Button....
@altaf: Doesn't appear to be. He had a few complaints about brakes in FP1 but in this session nothing so far.
We have a stationary Ferrari. Alonso has stopped on the run down to Turn 19. A bit of smoke coming from his Ferrari, either the brakes of his engine.
Sorry, that's actually in between Turn 19 and Turn 20.
@Snul: Kimi has struggled to match this car with his braking style. Like Schumacher, Raikkonen loves to have a lot of front-end in this car and this car doesn't give him that grip. Seems like this season was written off in his mind a long time ago. This season shouldn't diminish his reputation as one of the best drivers of the last 20 years.
@yes: Bottas lost a massive slice of its bodywork in FP1, it just fell off early on in the session. Not an easy thing to repair, either.
That said, Bottas has just joined the track so seems Williams got the job done.
@ken: Until we see him out on track, I assume so. McLaren said it would send him out once it is resolved.
For those of you interested, Will Stevens has picked number 46 this weekend. That number will stick with him throughout his career. As a bit of a MotoGP nerd, I think it's sacrilege for anyone else to have that number....
@yes: Hulkenberg and Bottas are the drivers waiting to make that step to the next level. Kvyat hasn't scored a point since August so, while he's clearly talented, he has a few question-marks around his temperament I would say.
Hamilton does the fastest middle sector of the session but bails out of his lap and returns to the pits, meaning Rosberg stays top.