@PraveenR: McLaren's last tweet was 44 minutes ago saying it was getting ready for testing. Usually Sylvia from McLaren is around at some point in the media centre so if I see her I'll ask but we're only half an hour in, teams can leave the garage whenever they want.
Rosberg has lowered the headline time to a 1:25.492, which he's set on the unmarked winter development tyre - likely a prototype medium.
An early super-soft run for Nasr has put him second, though he's 2.471s off Rosberg's benchmark. The times will keep tumbling as the session goes on and the temperature improves, of course.
@JonnyDietrick: No no, it's completely dry. There was a light drizzle before the session but nothing since then.
@JonnyDietrick: Ha, no worries!
@FerrariFan: It's far from a disaster. It's testing. The campaign starts in Melbourne. You don't come into a business like Formula One with short term thinking, either.
@Ash: That's a very simplistic way of looking at it. I don't think we've seen anything close to McLaren running at full beans yet - the most important thing for them has been putting miles on the engine. But yes, as we keep saying headline times alone are misleading. I've been trackside twice and from what I've seen the McLaren looks very nice through the corners, especially the slower speed ones.
The quotes from Magnussen yesterday (in the story below) are very revealing. His last point of reference would have been the MP4-29 from Abu Dhabi.
@mfbull: Sadly no. Maybe that can be on the table for discussion at the next strategy group meeting?
@JanVisser: Italian sand. Best in the world.
The morning just got so much better.
Rosberg has put on a set of mediums and lowered the benchmark even further, its now a 1:25.277.
@SagarNadigar: They've seemed pretty solid. Mercedes and Williams have really shown more of their performance in this test though so Ferrari's headline-grabbing from the first two tests has faded slightly. I'm very curious to see where Lotus is with its new Mercedes power unit. I don't think they've ironed out all of their driveability issues from 2015 but they look much more improved.
Not saying Lotus are in my top three, by the way. It's Merc, Williams and I haven't decided the pecking order beyond that yet.
@LD: Only Honda has its engine homologated this year, and it did so yesterday.
Ricciardo moves into second with a 1:25.587.
@TheGhoul: As soon as it is ready to!
@AbhishekChoudhury: It's not that they didn't understand the challenges. They were very open with the fact they were expecting a challenging winter. How naive would they have been to expect to turn up and not have any issues? The point of testing is finding the problems and solving them.
@altaf: He seems a lot happier with the handling, yes.
@SagarNadigar: But they are also hella expensive.
@MrCelroy: Slightly harsh to make any sort of comparison as McLaren-Honda hasn't even done a race yet, let alone a full season.