Hamilton goes purple in the middle sector of his latest lap....
Hamilton re-claims second with that lap, within two hundredths of a second of Rosberg. Big gap back to the Ferraris - Rosberg's benchmark a 1:29.557. Vettel's is 1:31.510.
@IsManortakingpartinFP1?: Too early to tell. As for your username, no they aren't. Manor Marussia has an engine issue and will be staying in the garage.
@mfbull: "Pushed Hamilton all year". Without the issues Hamilton suffered, the championship would have been done and dusted much earlier. I think Rosberg finished a lot closer than he should have been, personally.
Verstappen bounces across the kerbs at Turn 1. He isn't the first and he won't be the last, especially in Friday practices.
@Zzli: Nope, he's stuck with number 44.
@Frabjosity: He did comment about her earlier but I didn't publish! Nothing sordid, I just missed it first time around.
Apologies to mfbull fans.
Kvyat goes tenth with his latest lap.
Hulkenberg the latest driver to cross and he pushes Kvyat down to 11th.
@Boris: I hope not, but could well be. If by "in the back" you mean "behind Mercedes".
@Bruce: He did. But the key is when they didn't have car trouble. Hamilton never finished off the podium and usually improved on his qualifying position. Rosberg couldn't convert poles into wins and didn't pass Hamilton once on track.
@kkunakorn: We don't have access to the lap times unfortunately, like most F1 websites. Other than the official site, obviously.
"Jumbo" Verstappen currently third. Like testing, we don't know fuel loads or engine settings but yes, a good headline-grabbing day so far.
Verstappen comes into the final corner on his latest lap but slows down, before powering down the pit straight again.
Seeing video shots of Ericsson in the Sauber garage. He was sat in the car but is now out and presumably done for the session - Sauber does not want to run to jeopardise the court proceedings going on down the road.
@mtf1: The 107% rule, and we won't know until we seem it on track in quali-spec.
@Capoa: Verstappen has "Jumbo" written underneath his visor.
Ricciardo spins at the slow Senna turn. He gets underway again. Possible driveability issues with his Renault engine? There were whispers of that in Spain.
@DougPeacock: Everyone is using medium tyres. We won't see the soft tyre until the qualifying simulations in FP2. The reason they way until the second session is because the conditions are more representative of the race later.
@MaxFlyingDutchman: There you go.
As I suspected. "The driveability is really tricky." Worrying signs for Red Bull. Not good for a driver to put his foot down on the throttle and not know exactly what the delivery is going to be like.
Seeing the on boards with Ricciardo, I like the purplish glint on the RB11.