Half an hour in and Nasr's 1:27.968 is the headline time so far.
Nasr has just rolled past the press area on the red striped super-soft tyre, so that's what he set the headline time on.
@Questionaire: Australia ;)
@MelhemSake: It's not as simple as just copying another team's rear wing because it works for them. It all depends on how it works with your aerodynamic package and Massa yesterday felt like Williams might finally have done that. Last year they were unable to look after their rear tyres and that was because it could not find a rear wing solution which suited that package.
@mfbull: I assume that was a South Park reference. If so you are commenter of the day. If not you will probably will be anyway.
@HHH: Why would teams run an aero sensor during qualifying? Qualifying IS about raw pace and performance. Testing, when you are trying to find the limits and breaking points of both the car and the engine, is when you'll run an aero package.
@Serenity: Not a silly question at all. There are quite significant restrictions on testing to help spiralling costs and one of them is the amount of cars a team can run. Also, at the start of the winter most teams only have one car anyway.
@mfbull: And don't ever let anyone tell you that's a bad thing.
I think it's important, especially in the modern era of journalism, not to read too much into individual phrases. Sometimes people can word something sloppily. In this case, this is the way Dennis speaks and don't think it means much aside from him emphasising the point Alonso is perfectly healthy.
@Questionaire: Ron Dennis said the only camera which caught the accident. He said: There is only one piece of footage, it is off the circuit system. The quality of the footage, it is so poor it would not electronically transmit. We will look at that but it's not very informative."
It does pose a valid safety question during testing - why are there not more working cameras at all points of the circuit. Not even so the public can see them, but to aid with investigations into this sort of accident.
@ken: The days are not confirmed yet but I would assume he will get at least one of the next two days. I don't think McLaren will give him both as Button was down on track time compared to Alonso.
@TifoSoySauce: Of course. We usually update the times for the first time at 1000 as the first hour is a lot of install laps and returns to the garage. At the moment only Bottas has double figures, 12 laps.
@bb: That's right, it's to measure the flow of air around those parts of the car. You'll see various aero sensors throughout testing, sometimes on the rear of the car etc.
@speedf1: I never said Ferrari looked "good" at the first test because it was too early to tell anything. You have to realise testing, especially the first one, is probably the least informative one of all because the teams are getting to grips with their new car and putting things into practice for the first time. Mercedes came straight out of the garage in Jerez and did a race simulation which to me was the standout moment of the first test anyway.
Button returns to the action for McLaren.
@lakespookie: Of course. I'll try and drop them in as and when they come through.
@MelhemSake: Aero is always going to be important, yes, but its very simplistic to say Ferrari would have beaten Williams if it had a better aero package last year. It had a huge bhp disadvantage to Mercedes last year. Mercedes, I should add, probably had the best engine AND aero package, hence its complete domination.