@sahil: He does, but then Vettel had a long contract with Red Bull. Opt-out clauses are the important things to consider. Alonso can also buy himself out if he really wants to leave.
Gutierrez has gone out on the soft tyres.
Kvyat tells Toro Rosso his car is "lazy, not holding onto grip"
@Parth: As I said, no update from Ferrari yet. As soon as I see or hear any update, I'll let you know.
@KaviSouthAfrica: Again, this all depends on who you believe. Some reporting they are behind schedule, some saying the work being done in Japan has been very impressive and has taken even McLaren by surprise. We won't truly know until the first tests next year.
@VenkatMani: He loves being in fifth position.
Sutil and HUlkenberg follow suit and venture out on the yellow-striped soft tyre, so brace yourselves for some qualifying simulations.
@Parth: I'd say that all depends on how BIanchi's condition is in a few weeks time. His sponsors are hardly going to want to put him into a car if the Frenchman remains critical. In the case the worst should happen, I doubt Marussia will put another driver in the car. But again that's me guessing, a team like Marussia needs a second driver for financial reasons.
Hulkenberg improves to P4 on his soft tyre run, a 1:41.969.
@eastcoastatwork: It's a great promotional opportunity, Sirotkin would have paid for the drive, plus Gutierrez would have had time in the simulator.
I really want to see some more on-boards of the cars going through Turn 3 as everyone seems to be taking it a bit differently.
I forgot to mention, Hulkenberg's improvement is around the 1.5/1.6s mark on the soft tyre. And he's still four tenths off Rosberg's best medium time....
@alonsogod: A four time world champion is a available, you take him.
@eastcoastatwork: Kyalami would be good, someone mentioned that earlier. Tilke is the FIA's go-to guy for circuits, he's just "the guy" in the business I guess.
Hulkenberg's second soft tyre lap puts him P2 while Raikkonen improves to P5, with his second lap still to come - the second lap appearing to be quicker on both tyres.
Everyone heading out on track now on the soft tyre.
@Sir_Drinkalot: Around 1.6s-2s at the moment, it seems.
Alonso one of the few drivers out there still on the primes and he has a big lock up through Turn 2.
@F1Phanatic: It will definitely benefit those guys, if it were lifted. The current rules meant this year that Mercedes has retained the advantage it had in pre-season, limiting the gains the rest could realistically make.
Button goes fastest for the moment, a 1:41.196.
Rosberg's best medium time is a 1:41.508 and he only improves by half a second on his fastest lap, going P1 with a 1:41.027.
Vettel has a big lock up on the exit of the backstraight and gets close to that wall. Sutil gets all out of shape coming through Turn 5.
Magnussen jumps above Button after a wonderful middle sector, where he went purple, while Hamilton can only slot into P4. He's 0.203s down on Rosberg.