Just back from the media call for Eric Boullier and Honda chief Yasuhisa Arai. Here are the main points which came up:
-Honda homologated its engine today but does not yet know how many tokens it will have for the season.
-Today's stoppage was precautionary to ensure the maximum amount of running tomorrow
-Eric Boullier says McLaren is considering whether to attempt a race distance tomorrow
-Arai says Honda is "ready to race" in Melbourne
@Siddhesh: McLaren may have further tests they want to carry out that will gain more useful data than a race sim. Long runs can offer more data and they can test back to back set-ups and ideas. Race sims are more about seeing whether what you've learned has paid off, but McLaren - possibly - still has a lot to learn.
@Siddhesh: That's true, but a car can still race without one. Even if a team completes a perfect race sim on this track in these conditions there is no guarantee it will be replicated in Australia. It's about using the limited time as best they can. If that means a race sim then McLaren are in a better position than most of us thought, if it doesn't then they are still chasing stuff their rivals had sorted at some point over the last two tests.
@MrTuK: Not to my knowledge. Even in the media centre we have to watch grainy CCTV images and learn what we can from sector times.
... or watch trackside of course
@TheTribologist: I think you'd enjoy WEC
Hamilton, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Sainz, Hulkenberg and Ricciardo are all on track
Super-soft tyres for Grosjean and he's used them to move to fourth with a 1:24.200
@JimSturges: Bragging rights will be worth nothing in a couple of weeks. Then again, if you're closing on a sponsor.... But I'd be surprised if many of the teams can match Rosberg's time from Friday.
Sainz also takes the opportunity to run the super-softs and moves ahead of Grosjean with a 1:24.191 still 1.169s off the best time set by Hamilton on softs earlier today.
Now Sainz's Toro Rosso stops on track. Two red flags in the last hour.
The Toro Rosso is being recovered from Turn 3. We might get a few more laps in before the end.
@Mak: In five minutes... assuming it actually starts again before 1800