@Hugh: That might be a reason, but after so much time in the garage, I think Jenson would have been happy with three solid days (assuming that's what McLaren achieve). However, Magnussen will be doing lots of work in the simulator this year, so it's no bad thing for him to get some track time. I don't want to spark a bunch of speculation because the indication is that Alonso will be fine for Australia, but if he is not able to race under doctor's orders then Magnussen would be the replacement. However, I should stress that it sounds like Alonso will be fit, we are just waiting on confirmation.
@grahamg: Usually at a test the tyre "marbles" and debris are swept away at the end of each day. But because there isn't much overtaking going on, it's not really as essential as it is on GP weekend.
@rockedin123: Kimi is now on track and has added another 10 laps to that total since we last updated it
Meanwhile, Massa has gone fastest with a 1:24.950 which I believe was set on the mediums.
@shailesh: The soft tyre.
@Smurfer: In relation to the Mercedes lower wishbones? Ferrari has a similar design this year, but that's the only one I've seen. If you are talking about FRIC, that has been banned this year.
@shailesh: Hulkenberg will race the Porsche at Le Mans. He approached Porsche because it was something he wants to do. F1 drivers don't have masses to do away from races apart from sponsorship commitments and training, so I think it will be a positive thing for him. Personally, I think it's great to see F1 drivers branch out and try other series. It used to be common among drivers in the past.
Massa improves to a 1:23.963 on the soft tyres.
@SharathNagendra: According to McLaren it was an "unspecified electrical issue".
@R.Balasubramanian: Funny you should say that, as Raikkonen just ventured out on the softs as your comment came in
@Smurfer: Each team has its own approach. The odd one out this year (as it was last year too) is the Ferrari and its pull-rod front suspension. It says the aero gains outweigh the packaging and set-up issues it could cause, but the other teams have all gone for push-rod.
Raikkonen sets a 1:24.136 on the soft tyres. Updated times coming your way...
@IanStephens: That depends on your interpretation of the rules. FRIC was on most cars at the start of the season, which all passed scrutineering with the FIA aware of the systems. After the change in interpretation by the FIA midway through the year (which was intended to ban the systems) it was removed. Make of that what you will.
Massa sets a 1:23.262 on the super-softs. A good lap but still nealry 0.5s shy of Rosberg's lap on softs yesterday.
The Mercedes won't return until after the lunch break. Yesterday Rosberg was struggling with lots of oversteer on the mediums. He slowly started to sort it and then the extra grip of the soft tyres eliminated it entirely. It's quite possible Hamilton is also struggling with oversteer, Of course, Mercedes problems are all relative - McLaren would do anything to have a car as well behaved as the W06.
Raikkonen is also quick on the super softs. He sets a 1:23.276, just 0.014s off Massa.
@ForzaRossa: Yes, it was on softs. It wasn't a single flying lap but it was shortish run.
@R.Balasubramanian: There will be more updates before Australia, but I'd be surprised if it's enough to close the gap to Mercedes. I reckon we are looking at at least a 0.5s gap for Mercedes over the rest of the field - some people are saying it will be closer to 1 second.