A flurry of activity greets us here at an overcast Circuito de Jerez as the only team yet to make it out on circuit is Lotus. Times out on the circuit are in the 1:30s currently as the teams ease into the morning.
Raikkonen has a wobble on his first lap out, then misses the turn in to the Ayrton Senna Chicane on his second lap. He seems less happy in this car than Vettel, but its still very early.
Carlos Sainz Jr is in the car once more for Toro Rosso. He almost spins off as he turns into turn 1 after putting his tyres out on a damp patch of the track. He locks up, but holds it together to.
35 minutes in and we have a lull on track. Rosberg 11 laps, Nasr 9 laps, Sainz 6 laps, Ricciardo 5 laps.
Felipe Massa heads out on track with intermediate boots on. Multiple burnouts as he heads along the pit lane. Williams have been consistent, but unspectacular so far.
Felipa Nasr is out on track, but far from the limit as he circulates the 4.42km circuit. After a positive day yesterday the Brazilian was bullish about his chances in the coming season.
Track and air temperature hovering around 11°C here at Jerez. A light westerly wind which is drying the track nicely, although a clear dry line remains on the pit straight. Nico Rosberg returns to the track as he cruises along the past an empty grandstand.
If you missed the report from day 2 in Jerez, then catch it here… Vettel was on top, as the new boys at Sauber went from strength to strength.
Alonso has now completed 11 laps as the work today starts with a sensor on the left of the nose. He returns to the pits after setting a 1:35.027 last lap.
Carlos Sainz Jr breaks the silence here as he does a practice start at the end of the pit lane. The Renault powertrain a farcry from the limp and choking machine 12 months ago. TJ13’s @ajhuntf1 is out on track and recorded this…
Red Flag as GP2 graduate Nasr takes a trip into the gravel at turn 9. After all the plaudits that were afforded to him yesterday the bubble bursts for the F1 rookie. 21 laps completed before this.
Green flag so we are GO GO GO once more. Fernando Alonso wastes no time in getting back out on track.
Kimi Raikkonen back out on track now as he pushes towards a double-digit lap count. Lapping in the 1:37s currently.
2 hours in and it is Nico Rosberg who leads the way with both the fastest lap time and most laps completed, a 1:33.059 and 27. Nasr, who is now back to the Sauber garage, 22 laps, Alonso completes 19 and Sainz Jr through 18 laps.