@Shahnawaz: The engines can be changed around before qualifying, which is why failures and such in practice aren't always such a huge issue. You'll hear drivers mentioning their "race engines" a lot on Fridays.
But those components being used are usually older parts from earlier in the season. Everything used is included in the allotment for the season, so it is really impressive how far the team's have stretched these power units.
@Dogue: Nope, the Porsche Cup finished in Austin and GP2 doesn't have its finale until Abu Dhabi.
Rosberg has lowered the benchmark to 1:12.764.
Maldonado has improved to fourth in the Lotus.
Ouch. Juncadella has gone straight off into a tyre barriers. Yellow flags out. Looks like he's clambering out of the car.
This session has been red flagged as a safety precaution while a tractor removes that car from the circuit. Worth remembering in practice sessions, the clock keeps running when there's a red flag.
Juncadella is out of the car and walking away. Looks like he just lost the rear of the car and just slid off at Laranja.
Vettel's car is having a lot of work done in the Red Bull garage. He's only completed nine laps in this session - the third least in the session. Apparently an issue with his brakes.
If you're just joining us - there's a red flag for a Juncadella crash as his Force India is removed from the circuit. And yes, Verstappen and Maldonado are both in the top five, and Raikkonen is above Alonso. No need to adjust your screen.
@schumifan78: If any team really needs funding, maybe. But Sauber is the only team in that sort of situation. Caterham may be looking for someone in that mould - if it makes it to the grid - with Ericsson heading there though.
@@gaurav_2438: I believe he's on his fifth. I'll do some digging and find out.
Red flags should be lifted any moment now.
@bizz: Not next year, no. Audi recently said it has no short term plans to come into the sport.
@MatthF1: Button had everything in his car shut down after his first installation lap. He was wheeled back into the pit lane and hasn't re-emerged yet.
This session is green again, by the way, and there's just under 20 minutes left.
Only Hamilton, Alonso and Massa out on track.
@Dogue: There you go. Dogue giving my job a run for its money.
Seeing an on board of Massa's car and you can see how much he is struggling with grip out there.
Big, big lock up for Massa on that run too.
Vettel has come out for a new run after those early brake issues.
Big '1' on the top of Vettel's helmet this weekend. He'll switch to a number 5 for next season, the number he chose at the beginning of the season. It's optional for the champion to take number one or not under the new rules.
@mfbull: I was just about to say the same thing! Looks like his Force India's been pimped out by someone.
Gutierrez is getting strapped into his Sauber so looks like we'll see the Mexican out on track soon.
Alonso knocks Verstappen off of P3 with his latest run. He's still nearly a second off Rosberg's benchmark.