@drynog: Yes indeedy, Nasr was off that benchmark yesterday.
@Snow: I wasn't suggesting he did it on purpose. But the battle with Alonso and the crash in China cost him the title.
Grosjean lowers his personal best to 1:26.610, Ericsson improves to fourth with a 1:26.891, before we have another red flag.
It's the world champion. Hamilton's Mercedes has stopped in the middle of the chicane.
Looks like the Brit has spun out at the chicane, his car is in the middle of the track pointing the wrong way.
@RavithejaKammela: As soon as we have one.
@NishanthDara: They were waiting for the track to dry out earlier. The track is dry now so I don't know what they're waiting for.
During this lull Sauber has just tweeted thanks for reaching 25,000 followers on Instagram. So there's that.
@KavinVora: I don't think they've been over-confident. Rosberg said some pretty interesting stuff yesterday - while he did say Mercedes had been surprised by Ferrari's pace, he also said Mercedes is focused solely on reliability (ie, long runs) this week. So they are basically pushing the upper limits of the car to see where the breaking points are.
@Russ: We have some news on Force India coming up on ESPNF1 shortly.
@CrM: I said it a lot yesterday, I don't think Ferrari has jumped anybody yet.
@@f1mad: The point of these tests is to make sure you are ready for Melbourne. It's quite amazing how many people we have writing off McLaren on the back of three days and two hours of testing.
I agree with CrM. Honda was always going to have teething problems.
The track is green again as Hamilton's Mercedes returns to the pits.
@DonThorpe: Yes. Most teams only have one chassis at this stage. Parts in general are hard to come by anyway, as Red Bull demonstrated on Monday by having to run without a front wing after Kvyat broke their only one.
Grosjean and Raikkonen, former Lotus team-mates, venture out on track.
@Marty: Well you don't have to worry because they'll be well inside the 107%. Last year the doom-mongers were saying three cars would finish because so many cars were struggling in testing. But these guys are the best in the business and reliability turned out to be little different from previous years.
Verstappen also heads out on track and goes quickest, posting a 1:24.705.
@Tungath: I'm not shooting anyone down, I'm merely pointing out how headline times are of limited significance at this time.
Kimi re-claims the top spot with a 1:24.104.