@yashjain: It used to be because of a public holiday, now it's just tradition.
Ricciardo has just put his helmet on and climbed into his car. Is the quiet about to end?
There's the unmistakable sound of engines firing up in the pit lane. Could it be?
How do you think F1 can spice up this sort of session?
Bottas the latest driver to pull on the HANS and his helmet. Looks like we'll get some running as we approach the final 10 minutes.
Banana skins on F1 tracks. I think we've cracked it.
Those whistles turn to cheers as Alonso heads out of the pits on intermediate tyres. Ten minutes 35 seconds left.
Looks like the track is still very wet.
Alonso seems to be taking it easy but still lights up the rears coming out of the tunnel. Looks very, very slippy out there.
Alonso carries on to start a timed lap but he's struggling with grip. The Spaniard asked if he's happy to continue and he says yes. Looks like he's working very hard to keep it out of the wall from the on board shots.
Ricciardo nearly loses the rear end coming through the final corner. That's why teams were so reluctant to send the drivers out when it was actually raining.
Seven cars out on track currently.
Alonso's first flying lap on inters in these conditions a 1:40.401. That's 23 seconds off Hamilton's benchmark from the dry conditions!
Those intermediate times are coming down but they are well down on Hamilton's benchmark.
@AntonyMakanza: Yes, McLaren has won here 15 times. The nearest is Ferrari, with nine wins.
Mercedes has sent Rosberg out on the full wet tyre.
Button, on the intermediate, says: "Very low grip on this tyre,"
Kvyat has spun at Ste Devote.
The Red Bull got going again. Rosberg's wet tyre lap is no quicker than those on intermediates.