Hello and welcome to ESPN's coverage of the first practice session of the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang.
All the focus yesterday was on Fernando Alonso's fascinating comments about his testing crash. Today we'll see the Spaniard out on track in the McLaren for the first time since the second winter test in Barcelona.
I think McLaren suffered from something similar to 'fog of war' immediately after the crash. In the immediate desire to get out information, they rushed into explanation's that were unfounded and sloppy. Alonso yesterday was making it clear he wasn't buying the driver error theory and laid the blame squarely at McLaren's doorstep.
Also back today is one Valtteri Bottas, who missed the Australian Grand Prix with a lower back injury.
Raffaele Marciello is in the car today for Sauber. Other than that, the field looks as normal.
@marty: Fair prediction! Ferrari should be strong this weekend.
The green flags come out and Marcus Ericsson's Sauber leads out a long train of cars onto the Sepang circuit.
@mfbull: Smaller teams certainly couldn't afford to compete in a world with more testing.
Big moment in Malaysia as Will Stevens heads out on track in the Manor Marussia. Jenson Button's McLaren joins him.
We've just seen a shot of Adrian Sutil decked out in the Martini colours in Williams. Rather surprise announcement yesterday that he is the team's new official reserve driver.
Mr Alonso is out! The Spaniard weaves past some stationary traffic at the end of the pit lane and gets out on the circuit.
Marciello is also out on track.
To recap, this session is one hour and 30 minutes long. The teams hand back a set of Pirelli tyres after half an hour, a move which is to encourage drivers to run.
@Can: We all knew Williams was in the market for an official reserve, it was just Sutil's name that was the surprise more than anything.
@mfbull: Marciello is a Ferrari junior driver, a man who has been thrust up Ferrari's pecking order in light of Jules Bianchi's accident last year. He's shown some real potential in GP2, with a great win in Belgium last year. Remember his name.
Hamilton is reminded he's going to do four consecutive timed laps. Alonso, meanwhile, returns to the garage.
@mfbull: I think 'Jenson' and 'Fernando' on the sidepods would be a great touch. That's the nostalgic F1 fan in me, though....
@mfbull: Williams couldn't put another driver in as Bottas had competed in qualifying. Though they have Wolff and GP3 champion Alex Lynn, they are test and development drivers. Williams clearly did not feel confident either could step into the breach for a race weekend.
@PRV: There is now, it's Adrian Sutil. He was confirmed yesterday.
@rpr: Better than not being a driver at all!
Merhi is also out on track in the Manor Marussia, albeit crawling around the race track on an installation lap. The Spaniard has a rather striking yellowish helmet in that car, I'm quite a fan.
Merhi already complaining about a lack of power and the driveability.
@Flarenac: To the contrary, they'll lose quite a lot. Drivers are only allowed four engines this year, remember. Plus, any upgrades later in the seasons from tokens only apply to unused engines, so going through your set early is counter-productive. Ricciardo has already moved onto his second engine after Australia.