@Kristiyan: I did, and I think we'll keep seeing it. Honda was running super conservatively in Melbourne to conserve an engine.
Verstappen slots in behind the Red Bulls, his 1:42.361 three tenths off Ricciardo in second.
@RohanMehta: I think we have to take Alonso's comments as being truthful. If he was worried about getting back in that car, he would have said so. I think his presser was to set the record straight after McLaren bungled the aftermath of it so spectacularly. The only thing I don't understand is the comments he made about the concussion he suffered - he said he was only unconscious in the ambulance but there's a video of him sat motionless in the cockpit for a few minutes after the crash. So that was strange...
@Shivan: Maybe not just podiums.
Raikkonen a bit frustrated with former team-mate Grosjean, who seemed to block the Finn during a hot lap. Looked like the Frenchman left him enough room. Raikkonen now has an unrelated left front puncture for good measure.
@Shivan: I think Honda has enough latent potential to be winning races next year. They also have a rather handy Spaniard in the cockpit.
@DougPeacock: I agree - the NFL is an excellent model for all sports, not just the NFL, to follow when it comes to revenue sharing.
I for one enjoyed last season for the racing. Yes, it was a given Merc would win the championship from an early stage but the actual racing across the field was superb for the most part.
@SurendranSelvaraj: Because they only have four power units this season (pending a rumoured meeting on changing that to five). They also have tokens for development later this year, but these can only apply to unused engines. So if you burn through all four power units by mid-season, not only are you going to have penalties every week, your upgrades won't apply. So they need to adopt a long-term outlook which some people seem to forget in here.
Verstappen tells Toro Rosso its so easy to lock up the front left it's "unbelievable". Toro Rosso angrily tell him to go to his room.
Big lock up from Perez through Turn 9. Some superb onboard work from the rotating camera, too.
Here's an idea I had yesterday - GoPro cameras inside, say, two or three drivers helmets per race. Would make for a fascinating three or four minute montage later in the race. A bit like the NFL "mic'd up" segments, if anyone is familiar with them.
So Renault can put the boxing gloves away for now. Its a Red Bull one-two - but we haven't seen laps from Mercedes or Ferrari yet.
Rosberg heads back out, as does Fernando Alonso.
@mfbull: I believe so. I also saw an IndyCar segment from testing a few years ago. Was very, very cool, to use some of my hip 1990s lingo.
Over nine flying laps on the medium tyre, Raikkonen set an average lap time of 1:45.080. Very consistent lap times, too.
By comparison, Lewis Hamilton averaged 1:45.070 over six laps and Nico Rosberg 1:45.313 over seven laps.
So read into that what you will, but it looks good for the Italian team.
Roberto Merhi spins again, another victim of Turn 9. This time he just avoids the gravel trap and goes on his merry way again.
@Salman: I think both parties had agreed to put the handbags away for the cameras. Not good PR for either side.
Rosberg jumps into P1 with a 1:40.392. Bottas briefly jumps above the Red Bulls but Ricciardo then slots into second, 0.198s behind Rosberg. The Red Bull went purple in the middle sector, once again suggesting Red Bull has done a good job on the aerodynamic side of things.
All these laps on the hard tyre, by the way.
Massa jumps into third, just 0.04s ahead of Bottas.