Hello and welcome to our live coverage of first practice from Monte Carlo.
The weather is clearing up and the track is drying out after rain overnight. The air temp is currently 14 degrees, track temperature just a touch higher at 15.
Is anyone brave enough to predict anything other than a Mercedes one-two this weekend?
Laurence and I had differing opinions in the preview and preview video - though his call is far safer than mine...
@mfbull: The good ship ESPN, of course.
@BenAUS: It would be a big important result for Red Bull if they could break into the top five. The team seems happy to now admit there are problems on the car side as well as Renault ... They have a long season ahead but Monaco is a chance to spring a surprise result.
@mfbull: I backed Kimi for the win, perhaps optimistically.
There is one of the track changes Laurence found yesterday during his very own track walk. He's yet to tell me whether he's managed to blag his way onto a yacht party yet.
You'll notice now, drivers entering Swimming Pool now aim for a small kerb rather than having to squeeze around the wall.
@Phoenix: Nope. I got Spain, Laurence gets Monte Carlo. That's seniority for you!
@satyaban: Theoretically, yes, but that was also the theory last year and it was still a pretty comprehensive one-two from Mercedes. The chance of rain this weekend makes things interesting and made me watch highlights of the 1996 race this morning.
The lights at the end of the pit lane is green and Raikkonen heads out on an intermediate tyre - the track still damp from that overnight shower.
Intermediates all around as a flurry of cars join the circuit.
Remember, the third sector in Spain is seen as a good indicator for how the teams will fare here. Mercedes was much stronger during the last grand prix weekend but Ferrari hopes that was not an indicator of how this weekend will go.
Cars return to the pits after completting their installation laps.
I should point out, Raikkonen has switched back to the new-spec Ferrari after running with old parts in Spain.
@Phoenix: McLaren's best chance of scoring points are here, certainly. Beating Red Bull ... who know s at this stage!
Rosberg on track and trundles past that corner. Gets his braking point right this time.
@Phoenix: Gene Haas is keeping his cars very close at the moment. It seems he's aiming for a September announcement and last year said he wanted one American and one F1 veteran.
The Mercedes drivers lapping in tandem at the moment.
Though the package will be substantially different now as this track requires far more downforce. What is more accurate is Raikkonen is running the same upgrades as Vettel this weekend.
Alonso the only man out on track but he soon returns after an installation lap.