@lakespookie: Even before 2014 Mercedes' big achievement was getting all the departments working together towards the same goal. Without doing that, the things you mention would not have been possible in the first place so they deserve all sorts of credit.
@lakespookie: Oh, I was agreeing with you! Just pointing out how they achieved that goal.
@ChrisinSunnyPerth: Nasr has done a 1:27.968 on super-softs this morning, though we don't know fuel loads at this time.
Times updated for you there.
@SakethRam: That may be part of it, but the main reason is Mercedes thinks its beneficial to start with the best engine possible at the start of the year. It also raised a valid point that any engine you use during the season before you next use a token is not upgraded, meaning if you have to go back to an old used engine during the season for reliability reasons you will be at a disadvantage.
@bb: Their chief designer is Simone Resta, who was hired in December. Since Maurizio Arrivabene joined as team principal he has also widened James Allison's remit as technical chief. Arrivabene also confirmed last week Rory Byrne has been brought in to mentor Resta, while Jock Clear will join the team in the summer. That all part of a big period of upheaval at Ferrari.
@ManuPaul: Button's only done six installation laps so far.
@MelhemSake: The team suffered a few sensor issues in Jerez, which would be the wiring problems you mentioned. There were always going to be sensory issues but the benefit of working as a factory team is departments can share information freely, meaning the car and engine should have been designed in tandem. Once McLaren and Honda solve these issues it might be able to run something near to full power.
Purple - Purple - Purple. Nico Rosberg jumps to the top of the timing screen with a 1:25.730.
As he does so Button returns to the pit lane without setting a lap time.
A glance out of the window has confirmed what I thought, Rosberg set that time on the medium tyre. He's a full 2.235s quicker faster than Nasr's super-soft lap.
@prabul: Teams don't tend to reveal their plans in great detail, but Raikkonen said the team hopes to test new parts for the remainder of the test.
@J: But then again, everyone was saying about five cars would finish the opening race last season because the teams were struggling with their new V8s so much. There were only four engine-related retirements.
@NorbertHaug: Rosberg set a 1:24.321 on mediums last Sunday.
@Questionaire: Good spot, yes!
@Questionaire: Well, testing is for the teams, not for the fans unfortunately.
@NorbertHaug: Oh wow indeed. We haven't even seen Mercedes use super-softs yet.
Vettel races by the media centre on the medium tyre. His last lap a 1:31.396.
@ankur: Pirelli is expecting to see a big improvement from its tyres this year.
@NICKKOUVOU: We still haven't seen McLaren running full beans yet, mainly because it hasn't been able to.