@RogertheCabinboy,Crete: Hi Roger. Button's running so far lasted just one installation lap. When he came into the pits everything appeared to shut down and he had to pull up at the entry to the pit lane. Hasn't re-emerged so far.
Magnussen's first lapped time puts him 11th.
Sutil and van der Garde sharing a laugh in the garage together. Two men who found out Nasr had been signed for Sauber next year by reading the team's press release, by all accounts....
I can guarantee you all Alonso won't be at Ferrari next year - that much isn't in doubt.
Magnussen still the only man out on track, and he's improved to third in the standings. He's still nearly a second down on Hamilton's benchmark however so Mercedes very much in a league of its own early on.
@schumifan78: This from Renault's press release ahead of the weekend:
The main factors of Interlagos are the altitude and heat, both of which are potentially destructive characteristics for the new Power Units. Whereas the altitude once gave the cars and engines an easier ride as less power was produced, it now works against us. A turbocharged engine pressurises the ambient air to the same level inside the turbocharger and compressor, ensuring there is always the same amount of oxygen content in the air inside the engine. With around 10% less oxygen in the air in Brazil, the turbo has to spin at a much higher speed to generate the same power, rotating at very close to its maximum. We can consider the ‘high’ races such as Spa and Austria as interim tests, but at 800m above sea level, Interlagos is another step (before Mexico in 2015, that is) so we conduct specific tests in the dynos at Viry to check settings, firstly to ensure reliability and then to get the performance settings right."
That explains it better than I could!
Looks like the famous bumpiness of Interlagos has been pretty much eradicated this year. Several drivers reporting how smooth the surface is to race on.
@SambhrantSahajpal: Well, it depends if he really has been given a deadline by McLaren to make a decision. Some reports say a deal is signed, some say it hasn't. I don't think we'll hear anything this weekend... it would certainly be harsh on Button.
Magnussen returns and the man he knocked off third spot, Kvyat, now ventures out on his own. Nobody else out on track at the moment.
@Vladi: Probably the severance deal between Alonso and Ferrari.
Verstappen ventures out to join Kvyat on track.
The track is getting busier now as the clock ticks below 40 minutes.
@Villy: They had. The teams had to lodge an entry before November 1, but they didn't have to pay until November 30. If you recall, the entry was provisional so it was clear it wasn't a certainty.
@marspit: Nothing since the last one, that he remains stable but critical.
Verstappen has accumulated more laps as anyone, as Toro Rosso gives the Dutchman as many laps as possible ahead of his debut next year.
He's also moved up into second, four tenths down on Hamilton.
But that will be on a fresh set of mediums on a track which has got a lot more rubber down on it.
Kvyat tells Toro Rosso he is "slipping all the time"
As I share Buxton's tweet, Verstappen has a big sideways moment in the final sector.
Verstappen asks Toro Rosso if there's any damage to his front wing. That was an almighty slide for the teenager.