@Andreasjsn: It's drizzling right now. It all depends on what the teams want to test and how desperate they are. It's been a bit overcast all day so it might hang around for a while.
@WayneBond: I very much doubt it. The FIA tends to clampdown on areas which it thinks will lead to extra spending and are borderline in the regulations. The latest ruling on the cameras means Mercedes has come up with another solution, which is not as positive for the aero but not a major downside either.
@kathy: I would say that's proof that the headline times are not a good guide. The car hasn't got any slower (Ferrari will be making sure it is faster) but fuel loads and run plans have changed since the first test. The Ferrari is probably capable of a quick time here, but they are currently working on heavy fuel runs rather than low-fuel headline grabbers.
@speedf1: Four days, from today until Sunday.
@riz_76: I don't think Ferrari will be behind Sauber either
@AM: Soft to medium should be somewhere in the region of 1.0s. But because the soft works better in low temperatures some teams are reporting as much as 2.0s. It also depends on cars. You will have noticed that drivers often complain about tyre warm-up at race weekends, well, it's the same here except more extreme. Some cars will be better at getting their tyres up to temp, but that might actually prove to be a disadvantage once we start racing in extreme heat in places like Malaysia. Tyres are never an exact science, so it's hard to give an exact delta between the compounds.
@MelhemSakr: It was more of a sculpted curve mounting the camera rather than an upward stalk.
The drizzle continues to come down and the track remains empty at the moment.
I am off to a Ron Dennis press conference. Should be an interesting insight into Alonso and what his take on testing so far has been. Stay with us for updates on my return.
But don't hold your breath! Ron Dennis press conferences are never shorter than 30 minutes. Nate is making space on his dictaphone as I type.
@IanAU: The camera is the same, but where the team chooses to mount it is dependant on its design. What if an FIA standard mount disadvantaged one over another? This is nothing new, however, Red Bull installed the camera inside the nose last year before it was told to make changes by the FIA.
@JasonArellano: We will. My favourite Ron Dennis quote from the Alonso and Button announcement last year was "Happiness isn't a tambourine thing, it's about state of mind".
Meanwhile, Kvyat is out on track on the intermediate tyres
@Marais: Each team is allocated a total of 110 sets of tyres for testing purposes throughout 2015, down from 135 last year. They can choose which compounds they want and then Pirelli occasionally supply development tyres on top of the allocation.
@Kumar: Nate is currently down in the McLaren hospitality listening to Ron Dennis and Eric Boullier. However, I can tell you from my experience that they are not quite as spectacular as the race motorhomes. Some are just solid-sided tents and some teams share in order to save costs. However, the staff working inside are mostly the same crews that appear at races and keep journalists fuelled with coffee and lunch if you ask nicely. Mercedes has the best testing motorhome (a DTM unit) and Red Bull and Toro Rosso both have impressive structures too.
Dennis also insists McLaren is trying to be "transparent" with information around the crash and is not concealing anything. He says doctors are "super-careful" with head injuries these days and they wanted to make sure everything was "perfect" before allowing Alonso to leave hospital.
@Satish: A couple of them are. Hamilton and Kvyat are out on track. For the others it's a good reason to have an early lunch break in the hope it will dry up in the afternoon.
@hondalicious: It's another engine problem, no news yet on when the car will return to the track.