Maldonado has had another spin, just out of Turn 19. The Lotus driver manages to continue.
@Sundar: 14th now. I don't think we've seen a proper soft run from either Ferrari driver yet.
Perez told he's the only man to go quicker on his second soft tyre lap..... just before Hamilton improves on his own time to sneak above Rosberg by 0.003s.
Alonso's first significant lap on the soft tyre sees him improve to third, 1.104s off Hamilton but two tenths up on Ricciardo. Red Bull-bound Kvyat in an impression position in fifth.
"Is anyone else improving?" asks Hamilton, with Mercedes responding that everyone appears to be losing time on their third soft tyre run.
Raikkonen slots into sixth, three tenths down on Alonso and 1.4s down on Hamilton.
That picture could easily be captioned: "Another spin for Maldonado at [enter venue here]"
Bottas is the fastest man through the speed trap, at 331.2km/h
@ALessandro17: Well, not if it meant they started from the pit lane in this race.
Despite being the quickest man through the speed trap, Bottas is down in P11.
Vettel completes another lap on the soft tyres but can't improve on 18th. he's five seconds off the pace and he complains about the feel of the car. With him likely to miss qualifying tomorrow, those are almost certainly high-fuel runs in preparation for the race on Sunday, so don't go round thinking the world champion has suddenly had a Space Jam moment and lost all his talent.
I should clarify with that Vettel lap -
That was his 11th lap on the soft tyre, hence why he was nowhere near a competitive quali time - but proof of what I said about high fuel.
@mfbull: Space Jam is a classic. The closest I've ever got to watching an entire game of basketball.
@Mary-Paule: Kobayashi and Ericsson are both here. Quotes from Kobayashi should be on ESPNF1 very shortly - he said he found out about Caterham's demise from reading an internet report. Shambles.
@mfbull: Now you've lost me.
We're approaching the final half hour of this session. Still a fair few drivers out on track, starting their long runs on the soft tyre. This of course crucial in working out race strategy for Sunday.
I tell you what, the McLaren looks lovely with the orange sponsorship and the yellow soft tyre.
@caesar: Well, on this evidence, it would appear it has a fighting chance - but again, we don't know the fuel each team is running so it's hard to accurately predict. I would argue Force India will be content to finish high up the order in Q2, given that one of the men behind is Bottas who will certainly improve by tomorrow.
By way of comparison - last year's benchmark, set by Vettel in a Red Bull RB9 with a V8 engine, was a 1:37.305. Hamilton's current quickest a 1:39.085.