@wisnuwin: You have to remember that these are very early days. Renault made very slow steps with its new power unit last year, and admittedly paid the price compared to Mercedes. However, McLaren is confident it has a power unit capable of matching the likes of Mercedes when it is up and running. Of course, we won't know for certain until it starts racing.
@NikhilDuki: The Red Bull didn't have pull-rod suspension and he struggled with that. I wouldn't say there is anything specific about pull-rod suspension that doesn't suit Vettel as long as the car is well balanced and has plenty of downforce.
@Rahul: The car is here and is currently being built. The team said it would do no "significant" running until tomorrow, but you never know, we might get a few installation laps later in the day.
@ImaRedBull: Sadly nothing concrete enough to be taken seriously. The deadlines keep being extended, but anybody wanting to take on a back-of-the-grid team now for a whole year with limited testing is a very brave/rich person indeed.
@whycanttwodriversdrive...: Costs. When the teams decided to restrict testing they also agreed to run just one car at tests. Also there may not be two chassis complete at a lot of the teams.
@Rahul: It wasn't quite as bad today, but it definitely sounds different to the others. When its not spluttering and stuttering I think it actually sounds rather nice - more guttural and possibly slightly louder.
@ImaRedBull: No harm in asking.
@StormyPerth: I think they'd be more happy with it running smoothly on six right now! But it also made that noise all the way out through the first two corners before clearing its throat.
@SpittingCobra: There is no TV feed at tests as the cameras aren't set up. You've got to remember that it costs a lot to bring the footage you see at races each weekend and testing doesn't carry that much interest. We are also restricted by what we can bring you (no moving images) by the contracts that govern the commercial side of the sport.
@playlife: Not right now. The car is in the garage. But that could be for any number of reasons. Sit tight and we'll have a better idea by midday. After yesterday's high mileage running, they may want to experiment with a few ideas today which will mean more time in the garage. On the other hand, they may just keep racking up the laps.
New fastest lap for Sebastian Vettel. A 1:21.926. That's the fastest time yet this week.
@Red_ZA: Running on a race track is very different to running on a dyno. Getting a power unit as complex as these to work with a brand new prototype car (which, you must remember, is built to be as extreme and fast as possible) is not easy. Testing is exactly what it says on the tin: a chance to test the cars. Part of the reason you test something is to see what goes wrong. If they turn up at the first race and the car doesn't run and isn't competitive then the job has not been done well.
@Compboy: There is no race at Jerez, but the best time in the test last year was a 1m23.276s. However, we did have one wet day and one damp day last year.
@LawrenceEllul: I'm not sure he's lost weight. But I think they may have got his measurements wrong for the suit they gave him for the launch photos. He also joked yesterday that he needs to work on his tan now that he is at an Italian team.
Hamilton is currently on track and has improved to a 1:22.490. Looks like he's on a longer run that Vettel though.
@KiwiBjorn: Mercedes are always a sure bet for good food. However, there is also Cafe Pit Stop here in Jerez that serves a fine queso y jamon bocadillo (at a price).
@MichaelDuncan: One word for you: fuel. At this stage we don't know what fuel loads they are running. Judging by the length of Hamilton's run he had more. Then there's engine settings, what the team was trying to achieve etc. etc.
The Lotus has appeared! Maldonado has left the garage for the first installation lap in the E23. We'll have a photo as soon as we can...
Great job by the Lotus boys to get that car up and running so quickly after it arrived yesterday.