@MB: Hard to accurately tell after 27 minutes, but he's currently third. Ferrari flatters to deceive on most Fridays though, so don't read too much into practice. That's a good rule of thumb for any driver.
Alonso kicks up a bit of gravel on his latest run and can't improve on his current time.
@Siddhesh: I can't see why Mercedes would get rid of Hamilton, especially if he wins the championship this year. The relationship would have to implode completely but Mercedes has made it clear it thinks it has the best line-up on the grid currently.
Hamilton has split the Ferraris in fourth. He's currently eight tenths off the pace of Magnussen.
Grosjean, by the way, is 16th with that 2015 Lotus nose. He's now complaining of a delaminating front tyre and enters the pits.
@Domi: His family released a statement yesterday. It didn't add anything new to what we already knew - he's still critical but stable in hospital.
@kkunakorn: I think, as a rule, you shouldn't read much into what you see from practice. Teams are running so many different aero parts, focusing on various parts of the weekend.
@Wetcoaster: Considering the rules force him to start in the pit lane regardless, it would seem very bizarre for them to do so as Red Bull wants to save mileage.
Button the only man out on track, and he's sitting nicely at the top of the timing screens currently. Interestingly Button seems to be more at peace about his future now than he was a few weeks ago. Read into that what you will...
@Matt1812014: It is likely to those two teams, yes, unless we see a mistake higher up the order.
@Bjorn: Red Bull wants to sit out qualifying so it can save mileage, so I can't see them going out at all.
@SahilShah: No idea! That's the thing with practice, we don't know the fuel loads of the teams or what run plans they are on. As I said earlier, always take practice times with a pinch of salt, especially in a situation where Mercedes are fourth and sixth early on.
@Domi: I don't agree with the idea of 'sandbagging', because it doesn't benefit teams to intentionally mislead other teams. What is more likely is that they are on a run plan which involves a heavier fuel load, or a tweaked set-up, as they search for the ideal set-up for later in the weekend.
@FastLarry: The new qualifying format will see four teams out in Q1 and four out in Q2.
@RogertheCabinboy: Force India is yet to confirm if there is an issue with Hulkenberg's car yet.
@Matt1812014: I think Perez has slowly been getting better and growing in confidence with his aggressive approach. I think Hulkenberg has been a tad unlucky as well, but really the simple answer is Perez is doing a better job at the moment.
@phoenix: Highly unlikely, certainly for 2015. There are faster and younger drivers available to teams. And that has nothing to do with her gender, it's just a fact.
Verstappen breaks the silence and heads out on track.