@Supreetbhat: Back in the garage. His session ended with a gearbox issue in the first few minutes.
@RogertheCabinboyCrete: Hard to guess right now. Degradation doesn't seem to be a massive issue at the moment, even with the softest compounds, so perhaps a two stop race.
That on the left is the 2015 McLaren wing, designed by ex-Red Bull technical guru Peter Prodromou.
Force India tells Perez it has no concerns over the rear tyres and that he can push as hard as he likes.
@f1f: I think it looks unlikely at the moment, to be perfectly honest with you.
@Siddhesh: Yes.... That was the point I was making!
@mfbull: The team really said it has gone in the wrong direction in terms of its aerodynamic development recently. That's coincided with McLaren taking a big step in the right direction.
Pretty cool picture coming up....
Stevens is now well within 107% but still 1.5s off team-mate Kobayashi.
Rosberg has returned to the pits and re-emerged on soft tyres. Hamilton still on super softs and is still in the 1:48s mark
@mfbull: Possibly! Certainly, we are seeing the team's huge lack of resources coming to haunt it at the moment.
Kobayashi just two tenths off the Sauber of Sutil after a month without any time behind the wheel.
Bottas has told Williams that his right-rear tyre has reached its limitation and his lap times won't get any better.
@Mary-Lou: For 2015, no. If he can get some better financial backing there's a chance but otherwise it's doubtful.
Less than ten minutes of the session.
@Rocky: Well it won't be happening next season, he's got a contract until 2015.
Plus he's hardly going to opt out of the car which is clearly going to be the benchmark again next season.
@Rocky: I'm sure there is, but why would he and take a massive gamble at McLaren? Plus, I can categorically tell you that's not happening. Contract negotiations are planned for next week at Mercedes.
Contract negotiations were put on hold earlier this year so he could concentrate on the title fight. After that decision was made, Hamilton won the next five races....
Only Ricciardo, Button, Vergne, Gutierrez and the Caterhams lapping on the super soft tyres. Everyone else on softs.
And worth noting everyone is out on track but Alonso, whose session ended earlier with what seems to have been a gearbox issue.
@mfbull: From what I've heard it was a mutual decision taken after Belgium because Hamilton felt he was so far behind in the championship he didn't need any distractions. Wise move indeed.