@SchumiTheGreatest: The parallels to Schumacher are certainly plentiful. His ability of giving good testing feedback will be helpful but I think the comparison to Schumacher will actually be an unhelpful hindrance on his time at Ferrari, especially the early days and certainly if he is not winning races regularly by 2016.
@MrRayson: It can, definitely. Daniel Ricciardo sounded quietly confident about the step forward made by Renault this winter.
@RacingFan: Well, some laps are always better than no laps. There will be a bit of Renault work they can do and start procedures.
Laurence has just pointed out to me that jacking the front might be tricky at a pit stop without a front wing...
So we can expect to see the world champion back out on track soon, and you can assume that's another medium-to-long run being planned by Mercedes.
@zac: Their opinions and what they say to the media are probably very different! Smoke and mirrors.
@Snow: Nice comparison, though Mike and MSC obviously never had the same car.
Hamilton is now out on track with Verstappen and Maldonado.
@AngrymanXIII: Mercedes is doing longer runs than all its rivals. Toro Rosso and Sauber have been quietly accumulating mileage today as well.
@kaminokiller: I'll answer that with the words of team technical chief Nick Chester:
"In terms of what's new, obviously a massive change for us is a new power unit supplier. We made this change as it looked and looks to be the one area of the car which could bring us the greatest performance gain. It's not just performance, but reliability and driveability as well as packaging and cooling too. The E22 did deliver good figures in the wind tunnel, even if it was difficult to unlock its potential, so we've paid more attention to making the characteristics of the car more adaptable."
Basically, the E23 is an evolution of last year's car rather than a complete do-over. They are adapting to the Mercedes power unit and worked over the winter at making sure the car adapts well to the change.
@PaoloGagliardi: Nope, unfortunately there isn't any way to know.
I would wager Ferrari has been running lower fuel but there's also engine modes to consider.
@joe: Not that we know of, but we haven't seen the German in over an hour.
Hamilton pumping out the laps once again - his most recent a 1:23.9s followed by a 1:24.2s, suggesting his Mercedes is on a longer run with more fuel.
@Siddhesh: Mercedes is exuding confidence in both its power unit and the W06 Hybrid at the moment and that's showing in these stints.
Kvyat returns to the circuit for some more wingless action, while Hamilton keeps pumping out the laps.
@Siddhesh: We were talking briefly about it earlier - we came to the conclusion that some laps were always going to be better than no laps. There are some things the team can look at but he's really made a mess of their second day of testing.
Bottas enters the fray now himself.
@SD: That's always going to be an issue, testing is really for troubleshooting and overcoming any gremlins the car has early on.