@AnderKaver: The reason he was not in the running for a Caterham seat was because he does not bring the finances with him Stevens does. Teams are only allowed to use four different drivers in a season so, having also used Lotterer and Ericsson, it had to stick with Kobayashi - who brings limited funding. Ericsson terminated his contract with Caterham last qwweek.
I agree with you about his talent. Beat Bianchi to the Renault 3.5 title a few years ago, which says a lot.
Bottas makes up for ground lost in FP1 as he slots into third with his first run. He's still 1.3s off Rosberg, though.
@Vrij: I think we will see a similar situation to previous races, with Williams battling with Red Bull for the final spot on the podium.
Mercedes doing quite a lot of work on the front wings of both its cars.
Looks like super soft tyres are going on Hamilton's car.
@Thunder: As a British team with a lot of British fans, I can see that point of view
. Then again, it didn't in 2005 with Montoya and Raikkonen so I guess it's not a hard and fast rule.
@Matt: I never understood those, because Hamilton has a contract for 2015 at Mercedes and I don't know why he would want to leave Mercedes.
@Snul: The nose regulations have changed for next year. The technical regulations for next year seemn to limit the teams to noses which taper more linearly from the low tip to the front of the chassis. In layman's terms, they don't curve so much.
@ifMcLarendoesntkeepButtonil...: I think if they were getting rid of Button, that announcement would already have been made. Magnussen keeps saying he's driving "as if he's at McLaren" next year, making me think he's expecting to be moved back to a reserve driver role for a season.
Stevens said he will be compared to Kobayashi this weekend. He's currently over three seconds slower than the Japanese driver.
@Thunder: Mercedes' aero package is pretty special, too. It's basically a perfect storm of being very strong in a few areas.
Super soft tyres on for several drivers now as Maldonado leaps into P3.
@f1f: These times are about to change with Perez on super soft tyres, but currently he's nine tenths down on Bottas.
@ifMcLarendoesntkeepButtonil...: No, Button clearly has no motivation to move further back down the grid.
Temperature a bit of an issue for the drivers today, as Vettel is told he needs to work more on his front tyres before his first super soft lap.
These laps the first indications we will have of how qualifying will shape up tomorrow, of course.
Hulkenberg rises to fourth on the super- soft tyre but he's still over a second down on the time Rosberg set on soft tyres. Pretty staggering.
@ifMcLarendoesntkeepButtonil...: That was during FP1! And during FP1 people kept asking me why I wasn't doing a McLaren one ;)
Ricciardo and Kvyat jump above Hamilton with their own super soft runs, but the championship leader is out on track on the red-striped tyre now.
Impressive lap from Vettel, as he rises to the top of the timescreens with his first super soft tyre run. The new benchmark a 1:42.959, that's nearly half a second quicker than Ricciardo at this stage.
The light is fading at Yas Marina.
Hamilton is asking Mercedes if the super soft tyre is a one-lap tyre. Mercedes replies that Vergne is still going strong on his third lap, so replies "negative".