@Lebron: In that situation, I think the rule will say if you're in F1, you have to run three cars or nothing.
@ManojChandra: Nothing yet. He seems quite relaxed about his future, suggesting to me he has found a seat for next year or has the confidence he can find something. Would be a shame to lose a talent like that from F1 but unfortunately that's the way the sport is these days. Now that he's no longer part of the Red Bull programme the issue of funding will be a bit of an issue I imagine.
@Lebron: No, it shouldn't have any baring at all.
@SaranSayee: Williams often looks off the pace on Fridays. I think they were further back than they expected. Maybe we will see something more than them this session.
@@parth: Yes, especially as the super-soft tyre will have a big impact on race strategy.
@ManojChandra: Yes, that is a big issue. This track doesn't suit Williams like Monza or Spa, but I didn't expect to see them so far back.
That's an interesting comparison between the Marussia drivers. Chilton has nothing on Bianchi in qualifying but is beating his team-mate in races so far this year.
The clock is ticking and it is Bianchi who emerges first from the pit lane.
Conditions are typical Singapore, warm and humid but crucially the track is dry for the start of FP3. Looks like it should stay that way, too.
Lots of drivers coming out of the pits. Raikkonen has to take some early evasive action to avoid the slow-moving Gutierrez. That will please the Finn, I imagine.
@KaiJin: I think it was a pretty dangerous corner, and unnecessarily dangerous too. When drivers are unanimously against it, I think a corner has had its day.
Lots of installation laps completed, so those early runners head back into the pit lane.
@Kristiyan: I think over one lap they have a real chance if they can cut that gap down a bit. Race pace is the big question-mark at the moment.
Everyone coming out first are doing so on a soft set of tyres.
@SaranSayee: Neither driver said as much, they were more concerned with their pace either side of that red flag.
Remember, this session is crucial in sorting the pecking order we can expect for qualifying later. The teams use this session to find the perfect balance between a quali and race set-up.
Gutierrez tells Sauber the grip is really poor, possibly due to the rain this morning.
Magnussen has set the first benchmark, a 1:51.985.
@KrishnaTeja: He was on his timed lap when Maldonado decided to put his Lotus in the wall, so he had to abort the lap. Given how quickly you lose the super-soft tyres in terms of one-lap pace, it meant he couldn't post a competitive time.
Button slots in two tenths down on his team-mate.
@Kristiyan: He certainly thought his aborted lap left him with more work to do. Hamilton wasn't really concerned with the pace, he just wasn't happy with the feel of the car overall. Race pace was actually in Rosberg's favour - but of course, as always, we don't know the fuel of each car so it's hard to make accurate comparisons.
I love the thought that it would be Bernie....
Ricciardo the first of the expected front-runners to start a flying lap.
Ricciardo really throws his Red Bull around here, even this early in the session, and again is getting closer and closer to the wall.