@CrM: I think that photo was from earlier. The car is still in the garage at the moment. Raikkonen, Sainz and Ericsson on track.
@Bevlad: There's definitely an argument to be had over DRS, but in terms of strategy, wouldn't you rather see a driver be forced to make a move on track rather than wait for the next pit stop?
Looks like Sainz has stopped on the run down to Turn 10.
@Bart: I think the DRS argument is a little more complex than that. It depends on the track and the length of the DRS zone, but at most tracks the FIA is starting to learn how to limit easy overtakes and make drivers work for passes.
Renault is bringing performance upgrades to its V6 and turbo this week ahead of Australia. It's happy with the basic reliability and the performance of the ERS, so now it's about seeing how many performance tokens it wants to spend on the engine itself. It has made no secret that it is hoping to bring as much power as possible to the PU before Melbourne, so if it can prove the updates are reliable they will be homologated and on the engine in Australia.
@Himmat: The car had a hydraulic leak which required an engine change. No more running today.
@Sulaiman: Usually to stop photographers and other teams taking cheeky photos of the car.
Carmen Jorda (below) has been named as a Lotus development driver.
She is Lotus' fourth driver after race drivers Maldonado and Grosjean and reserve driver Jolyon Palmer.
@F1Rob: It is a limit imposed by the FIA. The manufacturers can come up with any number of updates if they want, but to race them they have to stick within the 32 tokens.
Massa has just gone quickest of the test with a 1:23.500 on the soft tyres.
That's about 0.5s quicker than Grosjean managed on the super-softs last week. Updated times coming your way...
@CrM: The car is still in the garage and has been there since lunch. The team said more "lappage" was planned in the afternoon.
Of course, teams do have planned engine/gearbox/set-up changes during these tests, so not every stoppage is a major problem. Still, Mercedes yet to explain why the car has not come back out after lunch.
A bit of background info on Carmen Jorda, her best finish in GP3 last year was 17th and she failed to score a point in the three full seasons she raced in the series.