@rockedin123: Haha, thanks very much.
Clearly I inspired Alonso's current look.
@mfbull: Nope, it was actually there last year. You may remember Maldonado beaching himself there during free practice, so maybe that was what did it....
The current gaps: Hamilton 1:39.776, Rosberg 0.289, Vettel 0.3999, Raikkonen 0.650, Bottas 0.943, Massa 0.992, Kvyat 1.063, Ericsson 1.271, Ricciardo 1.343, Sainz 1.450
Massa returns to the track and reports there's no longer smoke coming from his cockpit.
We have the yellow-striped soft tyre on Kvyat's Red Bull, which means we're ready for the first qualifying simulations of the day.
Some frantic work going on in Alonso's garage as McLaren works to get him out before the end of the session.
@ALDG: As far as I know, it's just assigned in order of championship.
@JamesZara: Absolutely. Luckily there are no beard-related penalties this year otherwise he'd be in real trouble.
Kvyat leaps into P1 on the soft tyre, lowering the benchmark to a 1:39.106.
Rosberg crosses and reclaims top top by 1.2s on the soft tyres.
@sandeep: The team is still playing catch-up after a slow start to the year. It's also waiting for the arrival of its upgraded "B-Spec car".
@KeithBeeber: That's a good observation and one I personally agree with. I think part of the whole sea-change at Ferrari had to include the old guard (Domenicali, LDM and Alonso) leaving the team for fresh blood and ideas.
Hamilton starts his first flying lap on the soft tyres. He's had the edge on Rosberg so far this weekend.
@abhi: Last year's FP3 times aren't good by way of comparison as it was affected by rain.
@sandeep: As that story says, Force India is hoping to introduce it for the Austrian Grand Prix.
Hamilton reclaims top spot by nearly two tenths.
@KeithBeeber: The car itself is a real doozy. Got to stand trackside in Barcelona and clearly it's a decent car to drive, but we haven't seen the engine anywhere close to its full potential. I think its telling McLaren seems so quietly confident about the baby steps its making.
Hamilton's new benchmark, for those of you asking, is 1:37.615.
Hello now. Massa's first lap on the softs slots him into fifth - behind the two Red Bulls by two tenths.
@SandeepKumarMG: Potentially. But it gives us journalists something different to talk about!