He's just flashed past the pit lane on the medium compound, so that's what Alonso set that time with.
Still no times for Ricciardo, Raikkonen or Palmer.
@Prithvi: If the driver completes a full lap (one that doesn't see him exit or enter the pits) then we put the time up no matter how far it is off the pace. We will try to update them as often as possible, but because testing isn't quite as organised as races we don't have an automatic feed and have to do it manually.
@MadhusudanRamakrishna: We should see the VJM08 next week when testing resumes here at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Rosberg has just lept to the top of the timing screens, posting a 1:27.242. He's done 25 laps.
I was just about to mention Wurz's lid. Great minds think alike.
It was interesting to hear a few readers say the Mercedes looks a bit basic this year. I can see why you might say that because of the clean looking nose, but it is a very impressive bit of kit that would not have been easy to pass the crash tests. There are also some really nice details like the aero vanes over and around the tiny sidepod openings. Make no mistake, this will be a very quick car.
@Prithvi: He's already said he is changing. This years helmet is red and white, which could be a homage to McLaren-Honda's last livery or possibly a sign of a livery to come...
@Rodster: Rumours about Force India's financial health have been knocking around for years, yet Vijay Mallya has kept the team afloat and separate from his other struggling businesses. It's no secret that the businesses of Mallya and fellow shareholder Subrata Roy have taken some hits, but the fact the team is here this week should be seen as a positive. Life has been made much harder for them this year following the loss of Marussia and Caterham. The shocks that that sent through the supply chain to F1 teams, meant suppliers started demanding payments up front. Force India has often operated on credit - and there's nothing wrong with that - but it's no surprise that the demands of the suppliers meant there was a cashflow issue. If the 2015 car runs next week, the team should be fine. If it's not here then we should be asking more serious questions.
@Marais: Sutil had a helmet inspired by Gaudi at last year's Spanish Grand Prix, which I thought was a nice touch. He also had a weird fighterjet pilot helmet for the US GP that I'm not sure worked quite as well.
Raikkonen has just jumped above former team-mate Alonso into fourth with a 1:27.770. It appears Red Bull has finished its pit stop practices.
@Legion777: The pheonix would be a nice touch. There was some good news yesterday with the team coming out of administration, but there are still some hurdles to overcome. I don't expect them to make pre-season testing, but they are hoping to pass some crash tests with their 2014 car to allow them to race in Australia. However, it's still not clear whether the other teams will let it run a 2014 car or whether it will enter a 2015-spec car at a later round.
@ghs: They have to do it within the token system, but changes are allowed to be made to the engines throughout the season this year. Honda is the only manufacturer with completely unrestricted development at the moment as it is a new manufacturer, but the engine is due to be homologated at the end of the month
Alonso has improved to second in the McLaren.
@p3t3r: The airbox at the top of the car is here to stay as they also make up part of the crash/roll structure. Although your elementary school lessons were indeed correct, it has little influence on that part of F1 design. When the cars are at speed the air is entering the airbox at a fast enough rate for it not to matter and the air is then channeled through the intercooler before reaching the compressor and being sent into the combustion chamber. The interesting thing is how teams package the turbo and their intercoolers and radiators. You'll notice larger airboxes on the McLaren and Toro Rosso and I believe that is split to feed the gearbox cooling system. Other teams like Lotus and Sauber have separate intakes around the airbox to feed different radiators.
@Salman: Not really, no. The problem was a faulty seal on the MGU-K but a new and improved version cannot be manufactured and delivered to the track until tomorrow. As a result the car is running with an interim solution, which may mean running without the MGU-K or limited use of the MGU-K.