After a fast start to the morning at a cold and windy Circuito de Jerez it was Nico Rosberg for Mercedes who completed the most laps. We saw the red flag twice, firstly for Felipe Nasr and then for Nico Rosberg shortly before 13:00 local time. Conditions have brightened slightly from this morning, but track temperatures remain low as the wind picks up and the cloud cover remains.
Nasr now fastest with a 1:24.052. Settled into long runs as Sainz is also on track with him.
Red Bull the only team not into double lap figures as they change their power unit. A decent crowd has filed into the grandstand at turn 11, but the rest of the circuit is rather empty.
With 3 hours to Rosberg goes fastest with a 1:22.835
Nico Rosberg passes the 100 lap mark in his Mercedes for the day. This team just go on and on and on…
Other than that everyone else is back in the garage. A hush sets in over the media centre as there is little to report.
McLaren says it will be able to replace the components before tomorrow’s running. While it was a more positive day for them, they were nowhere near the pace of those at the front.
When Niki Lauda being spotted taking a pee out on circuit becomes a big talking point on Twitter you know it’s a slow afternoon.
Felipe Nasr takes back the top spot with a 1:22.750 as the Williams of Massa joins him on track, followed by Raikkonen in the Ferrari.
Rosberg is still out there pumping in the lap times, up to 121 now, as a chill descends over the Circuito de Jerez.
Time for some quicker running perhaps from Pastor Maldonado as he heads out for a stint on the soft tyre.
And that is the ton – Carlos Sainz Jr crosses the line for the 100th time setting a 1:24.696.