@rockedin123: No. He wanted to be in the car this week but is under doctor's orders to rest
Force India is wasting no time as it puts a new set of Pirellis on the VJM08 and sends Hulkenberg back out for another lap
@FerrariFan: Fuel loads, test programmes, any number of things.
Nasr has improved to a 1:24.071 on the softs - impressive stuff from Sauber, but also a sign that we haven't seen the best from any of the big hitters just yet.
@Melwyn: That's a pretty good guess, but we haven't seen the best Mercedes has to offer yet.
@Vinay: Given that they sent the car straight back out, it may have been some very bad luck.
@IanF: I don't think they mind who is looking as long as they are getting through the work they need to do.
@AbhishekChoudhury: Button is now up to 40 laps and counting, so 100 could be achieved if the car runs well. Judging by the times, it seems the Honda engine is still running in a detuned state.
@SD: The best analysis is of race sims. Logging each lap as the fuel comes down and seeing how much tyre degradation each team is suffering. But even that can be misleading as teams do race sims at different times of the day in different track conditions and sometimes with more fuel than necessary to hide a bit of performance.
@rockedin123: The team was originally Jordan, then Midland, then Spyker, then Force India.
Theres the chequered flag for the morning session. Updated times coming your way...
@venkat: Five laps just before lunch is actually a good start considering the car was put together this morning. If they complete over 200 over the remaining time then they will have done very well. McLaren have only managed 253 at all three tests so far!
@GeoffreySaid: It's a positive start to the day, but it's hard to judge the lap time as we don't know what they are doing. No matter what they manage over the next two and half days, they will still be some way behind where they had hoped to be ahead of Australia.
@Prithvi: The teams will know the performance of their car relative to last year, but it's hard for them to get a true measure of their rivals. They will, however, conduct in-depth analysis of the times to get an idea of where they stand. Nevertheless, they can't change the performance of the others so their main focus is on making their car as quick as possible.
@Rob: If McLaren is size zero, then maybe a size one or two? Hard to say, I haven't seen close up pictures yet, but when we get them we'll take a closer look.
@FerrariFan: But it's fair to say you're a bit biased with a name like that, isn't it? It's really hard to tell, but I would say Ferrari and Red Bull look as though they will be in the mix with Williams. My impression is that Mercedes still holds a decent advantage, but it's all guesswork from snippets of information at this stage.
@ankur: The Toyota wind tunnels (there are actually two at TMG) were developed during Toyota's spell in F1 so benefited from a lot of investment. They can take 60% scale wind tunnel models, which is the biggest allowed in F1. Accuracy is the name of the game with wind tunnels and they have highly-advanced models including up to 512 pressure measurement channels, accurate to 7Pa, and laser technology to ensure correct positioning to 0.05mm accuracy. They can also accurately account for tyre deformation. For a team like Force India that's a big step but they are still using their own facility as well this year.
@sumanth: I think we'll see Lotus back in the mix, while Toro Rosso could be a contender for more points if the Renault PU hits its targets. Despite some promising times, I suspect Sauber might struggle again and Force India need two very solid test days if they are going to be properly prepared for the first race. If Manor makes the grid it will almost certainly be filling the last row of the grid for most of the year.