Hello and welcome to ESPN's live coverage of the second Friday practice of the Malaysian Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur.
Alonso walks through the pit lane and waves to the watching fans in the adjacent pit lane. Great to see the Spniard back in the car earlier today.
In fact, Alonso has now paid a visit to the Ferrari pit wall where there are lots of smiles and handshakes.
Maybe he's asking them to take him back?
@TediAwaluddin: Nothing at the moment. Work is still ongoing in the Mercedes garage, I believe.
@TediAwaluddin: As with any rule, it can be scrapped if its unpopular. Yo may remember the double points were dropped quietly at the end of last yea.
Air temperature is 32 degrees Celsius. Track temperature 60.
Only one change in this session to tell you about - Felipe Nasr returns to his Sauber
cockpit after handing the reins to Raffaele Marciello in FP1.
The session goes green and a Manor Marussia is the first to emerge from the garage - it's Will Stevens.
Scorchio is another good way of putting it.
Not much activity at the moment. Doesn't seem to be many drivers in a hurry to get out. Raikkonen does, however, and trundles out of the pit lane.
Doesn't seem Hamilton will need a full engine change. His problem from FP1 appears to be fixable.
@LouD: They were just inside the 107% mark in FP1.
Stevens is told Manor Marussia has limited tyre information, so he's going to have to get a feel the tyres himself.
@Varun: It doesn't appear it will need a change. The problem was due to a problem with the inlet system of the engine. It's an issue but can be fixed without changing the whole engine.
Raikkonen has a rather rough ride across a kerb.
@SurendranSelvaraj: Hard to be certain. I think the team's optimism suggests there is a lot of potential in that car and power unit. They knew 2015 would be a struggle so maybe next year we'll see them making further strides.
For anyone who missed that story - Hamilton's novelty helmet is currently sat in the Mercedes garage looking all sad.
@Varun: He was there. He finished seventh.
Vettel and Raikkonen move into first and second early on. Just 0.022s between the Ferraris.
@ChristianLaviolette: Helmetgate. Sadly I can see that phrase catching on.
Seeing a replay of sparks flying from the back of Maldonado's E23, which also appears to have shed a bit of its sidepod. In fact, a huge chunk has come loose on the left-hand side of that black car.
@Varun: It was done to stop drivers changing all the time, to take F1 back to the days where drivers had an iconic helmet design. But it just seemed a bit heavy-handed and unnecessary.
@Efranov: I think it's exactly the same design, just coloured differently
Ricciardo a massive 1.147s down on Vettel in third.
Alons crosses for his first lap and finds himself 2.5s down. That puts him seventh.
Verstappen moves into third. Another strong start to the weekend from the Toro Rosso wunderkid.