@RajeshMudhiraj: Yes, he is, for causing the crash with Sutil in Austin.
@AnderKaver: No official word from McLaren yet, the team has been searching hard for a title sponsor all year.
Massa joins Ricciardo and Alonso out on track. Everyone else in the pit lane.
Still no runs on the soft tyres yet, we'll see those take place at the end of this session.
So Ricciardo the only man out on track as Massa and Alonso return to the pits. The Australian currently fourth and looking pretty on it so far. He's six tenths down on Massa, however.
Quite a few large grey clouds forming over the circuit.
Hamilton currently bottom after that spin. Rosberg is out on track and I would wager we will see him jump to the top of the timing screens so shortly.
Perez improves to 13th on the soft tyre, the first man to complete a lap on the options.
Seeing a replay of Maldonado looking very wobbly through the middle sector and then snatching at a brake.
@kapa: Alonso is known to be someone who likes to build a team around himself. Aldo Costa, a former Ferrari engineer, called him an "enigma", which gives you a good indication of the sort of presence he has.
"I have a vibration on the right front from a flat spot," Rosberg tells Mercedes. So maybe we won't see him jump up there any time soon.
@abhishek: Their early times suggest they did some high-fuel runs at the beginning of the session.
Rosberg has improved to ninth despite the vibrations he was reporting.
Grosjean, Maldonado, Vergne and Perez on the soft tyre. Mediums for everyone else on track.
@preetam: Yes, it's power unit is inferior to Mercedes, which powers Williams.
@Dogue: That's the wrong Nico ;)
@Doull: Always is at Interlagos!
Vettel's latest lap puts him 11th.
@Dogue: Haha, my apologies Dogue!
That tweet below from Mercedes should explain why Hamilton is still in the pits, for those of you asking.
That balance tweek certainly makes sense. Hamilton hasn't looked comfortable this morning.
@Joe: If they are tweaking the balance, that's not an issue as such but just a lack of happiness with how the car feels in general.