@Kristiyan: Yes, I think Mercedes are going to be the team to beat at every remaining race this season.
@mfbull: He's been pretty cryptic about the whole thing. Though yesterday he said it was "pretty obvious" where he was going, so that would suggest it is in fact Ferrari.
Vettel posts a 1:44.809, which is enough to put him 7th. Ricciardo currently down in 12th but still in the garage.
@ThomasL: It's a theory, posted by our regular blogger Maurice Hamilton, and personally one I like the sound of. However Vettel looks likely to end up at Ferrari, in fact almost certain to.
Both Caterhams are on track and on their first timed laps of the morning.
@shailesh640: Not confirmed, no.
Good update from Mercedes there.
The track getting much busier now.
@kamranbilgrami: Raikkonen has a very sensitive driving style. That Ferrari doesn't suit his style so it's natural that he's going to spend a long time chasing more front end to the car.
I would wager Raikkonen won't feel comfortable until he's driving the 2015 Ferrari.
@ThomasL: Well Raikkonen has a deal for next year and, according to most sources near to him, he's seeing out that contract.
@Siddhesh: I don't think it would have, either. His injuries were caused by the rapid deceleration of the brain more than the collision with the truck. Still would have been a nasty, nasty accident.
Hamilton and Rosberg among the drivers out on track.
Seeing a replay of Hamilton running wide over the tarmac on the exit of the penultimate corner.
Rosberg improves his time to 1:42.670, a tenth off Button's time.
@Kristiyan: I don't. If they wanted to, they would have moved him over in Japan.
Hamilton has a slightly tidier lap out there and improves to P3, but three tenths off Button.
@srini: Hard to tell so early in the weekend, but with the advantages to be gained from a good power unit you would think Ferrari is likely to struggle around here. Watching the press conference yesterday, I've never seen such an emotional Alonso. Fascinated to see how that plays out this weekend on track.
@ashish: Without seeing one in action we won't know for now, but it should be quite a long one.
@readyfreddy: I think lots of teams on the grid would happily have a former world champion in their ranks.
Rosberg and Hamilton have now overtaken Button, with the German leading with a 1:43.311.