We missed it on the TV feed but it looks like a huge spin.
He gets it going again after reversing back across the track.
A replay shows that Hamilton ran wide, got on the astroturf on the exit of Turn 3 and lost the rear of the Mercedes. He managed to lock the brakes and keep it out of the barriers, but that set of hard tyres are ruined.
That is, of course, the corner where Alonso had his pre-season shunt in the McLaren.
@Nidjo: Alonso is seventh fastest on a 1:28.419. That's 1.642s off Rosberg, so not too bad for this stage of the weeknd. We've yet to see the medium tyre runs though.
@RonOlivier: Very much so. Clearly old habits (i.e. chasing aero performance in simulation) die hard.
@fawx: Lots of updates at every race! But in all seriousness there is a danger that it is harder to determine what is working and what is not when lots of updates come at once. Ferrari may just be running comparisons in this session though.
@rockedin123: Red Bull was quick yesterday, it's just that Ricciardo had engine problems all day. He's now less than 0.3s off Rosberg.
@rockedin123: I'd be surprised, but this is a track that requires a strong aero package and aero is still Red Bull's biggest strength. We should see Red Bull taking the fight to WIlliams though.
Kvyat is now heading out for the first time.
Of course, if the Red Bull does qualify well it then has to go the distance in the race...
@tolisgr: I didn't see him on options, but that would explain the pace! It may be he went to the options early to make up for lost race set-up time yesterday.
A bit of a lul in proceedings as we wait for the medium tyre, quali-sim runs at the end of this session.
@IwasaRedBull: No, just a Renault engine.
@ChaitanyaShahane: The gap is over 0.5s, but he is behind him in the order. Although I'd reserve judgement for another 12 minutes as we watch the medium tyre runs. Hulkenberg goes seventh on his white-striped tyres.
Bottas embarks on his medium tyre run. We've slightly written off the Williams so far this weekend, but they do traditionally conceal their hand in practice before upping the pace in qualifying.
Bottas goes quickes with a 1:26.682 on the mediums.
Massa can only manage a 1:27.207 on the mediums.
Vettel is on a quick lap on the mediums, but Rosberg is quicker behind him on the track.
Rosberg drops some pace to Vettel in sector two however...
Vettel clocks a 1:26.177 but Rosberg just beats him with a 1:26.021. It's close between Ferrari and Mercedes, but Rosberg also had a slow final sector.
The final sector has been Merc's strongest sector so far, so maybe there was a mistake.
Hamilton is slower than both of them on the medium tyres. A 1:26.222 for the championship leader, 0.201s off his Mercedes team-mate.
@MichaelBialocur: Renault quoted 850bhp for their power unit at the start of the season. That might be a bit optimistic, but Mercedes and Ferrari are certainly around that figure.
Raikkonen can only manage a 1:26.944 for fifth. Not a great lap.