@Ace: If the new rules are to be followed, then I think they should, yes.
@FlyingFinn: The concern that drivers are being given too much information from the pit wall. It's been magnified by Mercedes coaching Hamilton and Rosberg about where they need to brake later etc in relation to the other. Seems less pure.
Alonso's first run puts him into P5, 1.5s down on Rosberg and just below Bottas, who just set an impressive time after yesterday's balance issues.
@petersykora: No.... pit stops last a couple of seconds and engineers wait on the pit wall at all times, so no.
Hamilton says "driveability is really poor" and Bonnington tells him which settings to adjust to. That message allowed as it's about the car's performance, not Hamilton's.
@LD: Ferrari's engine is really thirsty compared to Mercedes and Renault.
We're into the final half hour of this session now.
Vettel down in eighth, curious to know how much the world champion is making up for lost time after his limited running in FP2.
Perez clearly getting some driving coaching from his race engineer, too... being told to try "smoother" through the middle sector. Surely, that's a banned message as it's about driving technique. I think the FIA has really opened a can of worms with this one.
So currently Kobayashi and Perez potentially due penalties for their race engineers giving them information...
"Bit smoother in sector three, Checo," is the actual quote from Giampiere Lambiase to Perez. Lambiase will be Vettel's engineer next year.
Apparently that conversation with Perez took place while he was in the pits, which would mean it is allowed. Anyone else confused?
@Kristiyan: It does, I'm very impressed with that first lap. But let's wait until we see some super-soft runs.
The problem with this is - what if a crucial penalty alters the championship battle because one engineer gives Hamilton or Rosberg information they shouldn't? No fault of the drivers, yet they take the penalty.
Indeed, great lap from the Aussie.
Really interesting to see how the pecking order changes on the option tyre.
Grosjean goes in deep coming into Turn 16, possibly distracted by his slow-moving team-mate alongside.
Chilton also has a moment at Turn 10 but continues.
"The front was a bit weaker on that first timed lap, but it was probably over-driving. I'll give it another go," says Ricciardo, coaching himself there while gearing up for another run.
@MJ: Alonso 1:49.614, Raikkonen 1:50.222.
@PA: And waste a good engine? Wouldn't make sense. They'll only take the penalty when they absolutely need to.
@LD: Everyone was surprised with how much quicker the super-soft was yesterday - some 2.5s quicker. But that could change as the weekend goes on if the conditions are different today.
Just one tenth separating the Force india drivers currently. Really interesting duel between those two this year.
Maldonado: "I think I hit the wall"
Engineer: "No comment"
That isn't a real exchange, just to clarify.
Majority of front-runners in the pits waiting to bolt on some super-soft tyres.
Mercedes giving Hamilton's car a once over before heading out again.