@SharathNagendra: It's not ideal given the small amount of time he has had in the car. But the important thing is that he is cleared by doctors in time for Australia.
@assdf: Maldonado crashed the car earlier this afternoon
@J: Button had the most laps in a day on Thursday, but I don't think Alonso is at a massive disadvantage to his team-mate given the limited running overall for McLaren.
@mfbull: The technical director is Andy Green. He worked closely with Gary Anderson at Jordan (the team that became Force India) when he first entered F1 and produced some pretty impressive cars given the budget. He's doing the same again now at Force India (he re-joined in 2010) and has moved the team on since taking over as technical director when Mark Smith left for Caterham. He's a very nice and unassuming guy and can even explain complex things to dim journalists like me.
Confirmation that Vettel's race sim ended after 19 laps. No word from Ferrari as to why. And Williams is packing up and heading back to Oxfordshire early.
@mfbull: Not sure yet. They ended yesterday's test an hour before the end, so it may be the same again today.
@Sama: I think Alonso showed he had the upper-hand on Kimi last year. Kimi had his issues, but Alonso did a much better job driving around the flaws of the car. In that respect they are quite different drivers.
Vettel is now back out on track. It's possible that the race sim is resuming.
Button has gone out on the super-softs. Are we about to see a quick time from McLaren?
@ChewyF1: Pretty much. If there was a potential issue on the car, the team would call him in to check it over. It means the laps around the time in the pits aren't that useful to the race sim, but it's also about procedures, pit stop practice and managing tyre wear, which is still possible.
Button improves with a 1:25.327 on the super-softs.
@Flarenac: Yep, the weather is the main reason. Better weather is more likely in Spain. Honda will find out how many tokens they have when the other manufacturers homologate their first engine. The average of how many tokens the other three have left is how many Honda will get.
@IanStephens: I'm not so sure age is that big a factor. If anything extra experience helps when a car is not behaving.
@NorbertHaug: Yep, when it's warm and sunny in the summer. But even that has been dropped this year for Austria.
@MrTuK: It would be zero, but that is very unlikely. Remember, whatever they spend they have to race - so if an update can be improved by having more time or isn't reliable enough yet then the other manufacturers will wait - they are more worried about the success of their engine both this year and in the future (updates now will stay until the end of the current engine regs). What's more Honda was able to develop anything it wanted with no token limit up until yesterday - that, arguably, is a big advantage over the other three and by the letter of the rules it shouldn't be able to eligible for any tokens.
@mfbull: It's after the race so the teams will hang around. But still quite an unusual choice.
Have just spoken to Ben at Mercedes. He says the team has been solely focused on set-up work today - which was always part of the plan. That would explain why the team's headline time is nothing spectacular and why they've had sporadic trips in and out of the garage.