Ricciardo finally gets himself on the timing screen with a 1:27.509, good enough for sixth place.
@AlokIyengar: That's quite hard to argue against. In six seasons in DTM she scored four points. Okay, she was often in an old car, but she failed to shine against competitive opposition. Her last podium was in 2004 while racing in Formula Renault 2.0
@Clrnc: It seems like there is a fast car lurking among all the problems. The drivers have reported that it feels stable, but without being able to run the power unit at full power they will struggle to understand the limitations of the chassis and aero package. They may be finding out things about the car at the third of fourth race that they would have discovered at the first test in a normal year. It's going to be a tough season, but hopefully they will gradually work their way to the front for the good of the sport.
@MadhusudanRamakrishna: I would be surprised if it's anything other than a slightly tweaked interpretation of last year's livery. The camouflage livery will be retired at the end of next week, but might be back for future tests. However, Christian Horner said Red Bull fans will not be disappointed by the race livery.
@AlokIyengar: You can ignore her time from yesterday because that was set on heavy fuel. She was due to do some low-fuel runs in the afternoon but the collision with Nasr meant the car was being repaired and she ran out of time. She has shown she is relatively competitive, but I cannot see her getting a race drive.
@Marais: That's true. In Japan 2008. But an accident in testing is also a bit embarrassing. To set the record straight, those that saw the accident said it was Nasr's fault, not Wolff's.
Palmer finally gets his own name on the board with a 1:33.527, but expect that time to keep falling.
@Pippyt: The new part isn't being delivered until tomorrow according to Honda. But it's impressive that they are working around the issue today.
Rosberg and Palmer have the track all to themseles at the moment. Rosberg has just re-joined the track so let's see if he can trouble the top of that timing screen on his latest stint.
@JasonArellano: Last I checked, Alonso was running mediums.
@Itmustbefrustratingfor...: McLaren and Honda are very much a team. They would not be able to create the "size-zero" package without the work Honda has done on packaging the power unit. Everybody else is being impatient with the new car, but McLaren are just getting their heads down.
@p3t3r: You're bang on regarding the compressor and the intercooler. But, as I said, the roll hoop is part of the crash structure as well as the air intake. I'm not sure if the engine intake has to be there by regulation.
@Clrnc: I'm sure they are not doing it on purpose. Honda are working incredibly hard, but from the moment they decided to return to now it has only been about two and half years. That's comparable or less time than its rivals and they are currently a year behind the rest. These are very complicated bits of kit, so problems are almost inevitable while getting them installed and fully up to speed in an F1 car.
@sat: Possibly, but the new nose regulations have cost some downforce this year. By the end of testing I'm pretty certain all the 2015 cars will be quicker (if running reliably) than the 2014 cars.
@Sizezero: It's a bit of marketing spin essentially, but the McLaren is very narrow at the rear due to some very clever packaging under the skin.
@Xanbex: It's Ferrari by some way. Global appeal of a huge global brand.
@Marais: She is a very talented driver but due to a lack of sponsor money couldn't reach a continued deal with the team.
@Praveen: A big question in the paddock. The team says it will change its livery if it gets a title sponsor, but is more coy on whether that will happen. At the time of the launch the team said the current livery was "an evolved colour scheme that firmly contextualises McLaren’s brand in the 21st century". If you have any idea what that means, please let me know.