@sumanth: Considering its late start to the season, I think it did. The points it gained were in part due to so few cars finished but that's the key word - finished. The team got both Hulkenberg and Perez to the finish line and that in itself is impressive given their slow start to winter.
Especially when you consider the problems the likes of McLaren have had in terms of reliability and race runs.
Seeing a replay of a big lock-up for Bottas as he explores the braking limitations of that Williams.
@Rezillo: Possibly, but when you've got a 19-race season to consider there's not much to be gained with such short-term thinking. Especially when McLaren believes it could be winning races by the end of 2015....
Bottas set the initial benchmark, a 1:42.522.
Alonso one of the men back out on track as the timed runs start thick and fast.
@sumanth: Hulkenberg for me. I think he's much more consistent, has great racecraft, and has proven in the past his ability to hook it altogether on a monster lap as well. Perez has some big upsides but also is a bit too inconsistent for my liking. That said - it was Perez who seized the initiative in Bahrain and got that podium last year....
Stephen Fitzpatrick, the man who bailed out Manor, is stood in the team's garage in a rather striking yellow polo shirt.
@mfbull: Laurence is out there this weekend. Temp is 30 air and 42 track.
Massa the latest driver to run wide just before the long back straight.
@Can: Not saying I do, but the team said it during testing.
Bizarrely, the medical car is currently top of the official F1 timing screen. Grosjean second on a 1:42.402.
@Shahnawaz: Good question. I had to double check myself but no they haven't. Only drivers on second components are Ricciardo - ICE, TC, MGU-K, MGU-H; Verstappen - Energy Store and Control Electronics and Hamilton - Control Electronics.
Rosberg moves into P1 with a 1:40.973.
@Sammie: I think the opposite, I think he will have had a clip round the ear for it. I spoke to Pat Symonds in Spain and he was quite clear the engines are exactly the same. The only difference is down to some fine-tuning and packaging.
Seems Verstappen has slowed down on track. Looks like the 17-year-old has a puncture.
Raikkonen has quite a big lock up and runs wide at Turn 14.
That lock up has taken a fair bit out of Raikkonen's right front but he's still lapping on the hard compound. That's the orange-striped tyre, to anyone new to the sport.
The impressive Sainz moves into P2, albeit 1.035s down on Rosberg.
We'll see hard tyre runs only in FP1, before the white-striped mediums come out later today for the qualifying simulations.
Raikkonen could onyl manage third.
We have a Mercedes stopped in the middle sector. Earlier Mercedes reported the world champion had no telemetry and he's being wheeled off the track at Turn 9.
@Varun: Hard to say yet, the track hasn't rubbered in yet and we haven't seen an outright lap from anyone at this stage.
Whatever you think about how competitive they'll be this season, the Manor Marussia comeback story is really quite remarkable. Proof the little guy can still do something in F1.
Not sure yet, he's just pulled over at Turn 9. I'm sure we'll find out later in the session.
@Sammie: Mercedes wouldn't supply Red Bull with an engine. I doubt Red Bull would want to be a customer for that very reason Dennis mentioned, anyway.