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Live Reporting

Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Well, I'm signing off for the week.

    You've all been funny, informative, enthusiastic and wonderful company. 

    Look out for Andrew Benson's report on the site in the coming minutes.

    And check back tomorrow from 07:45 GMT to join Gary "Gary" Rose for commentary of the final day of testing.

    Yours in Kimi appreciation.

  2. Final times - Hulkenberg tops day three


    All tyres medium unless otherwise stated.

    Nico Hulkenberg 1:23.110 (99 laps) - super-soft tyres

    Romain Grosjean 1:25.874 (82) - soft

    Kimi Raikkonen 1:25.977 (78)

    Kevin Magnussen 1:26.014 (111) - soft

    Nico Rosberg 1:26.084 (74)

    Carlos Sainz 1:26.239 (161)

    Felipe Nasr 1:26.392 (115) - soft

    Lewis Hamilton 1:26.421 (88)

    Daniil Kvyat 1:26.497 (74)

    Felipe Massa 1:26.712 (109)

    Jenson Button 1:26.919 (51)

    Rio Haryanto 1:28.249 (78)

  3. Post update

    I'm a big fan of this tweet.

    Great effort from the chaps and chapesses at Haas.

  4. Get Involved

    #bbcf1 or #ThingsAlmostAsAwesomeAsKimi

    But while we wait...

  5. Chequered flag

    The clock ticks over to 17:00 GMT and we're out of time.

    No fireworks from Kimi - I feel like I've let every single one of you down. And for that, I am sorry.

    I'll just have a little look down the times and get them to you asap,boss.

  6. Post update


    Romain Grosjean's time that has put him in P2 was set on the softs. The only other times set on softs today have come from Kevin Magnussen and Feipe Nasr - and the Frenchman is about half a second quicker than the pair of them

  7. Post update

    A nice sneak peak at the data the teams are seeing this week.

  8. Post update


    And there's a change in the top three. 

    Romain Grosjean in the Haas has jumped up to P2 with a 1:25.874.

    Yes, it's just testing and yes, Haas have spent some money. But the new team have looked like a promising outfit this week.

  9. Post update

    Carlos Sainz

    The Renault of Kevin Magnussen and the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz are not done just yet. After a brief box, the pair are back on it.

  10. Can Red Bull cause bother?

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    A Red Bull F1 car in the pits

    “Red Bull have been under-promising this winter so far - team boss Christian Horner said last week that they would be happy if they got into the top 10 qualifying shoot-out in Melbourne. But the new RB12 has gone well in testing so far and Daniel Ricciardo was second fastest on Tuesday before handing over to his team-mate Daniil Kvyat for the remainder of the test. 

    "‘For two days we are confident for what we’ve got,’ Ricciardo said. ‘Reliability was pretty good. Both days we had little bits and pieces but nothing really that major, which was nice. We got pretty much 200 laps across the two days. I am happy. The car feels pretty good.’ 

    "If Renault can deliver their expected performance increases over the season, the signs are that a typically excellent Red Bull chassis could cause a bit of bother in the second half of the season - especially on the twistier tracks.”    

  11. Button gone for a leak

  12. Dusk til dawn

    We're into the final half hour.

    Hulkenberg, Raikkonen and Hamilton are all out on track.

    None of them seem like they'll be logging anything spectacular any time soon though.

    We're entering the dusk period though, which is the time of day to get that perfect photo for you Instagram account, just like this one below from yesterday.

  13. Get Involved

    #bbcf1 or #ThingsAlmostAsAwesomeAsKimi

    Keeping it mustachioed...


  14. Qualifying reaction


    J J Jackson: Who can honestly remember a qualifying session beyond the weekend? It's the races you recall. They're focusing on the wrong thing.  

    Gaura Shivastava: With new quali rules, how would this play out through the twisty and cramped circuit of Monaco? 

    Tim Oakley: New qualifying? Brilliant. All we need now is 'phone votes and spinning chairs!  

  15. Post update


    Very little happening with the times.

    Nobody has given the ultra-softs a run today, which is what Sebastian Vettel used for his time-of-the-week yesterday.

  16. On your Jack

    The motif of Jack Jones seems fitting next to Kevin Magnussen standing all by himself on the home straight.

  17. Okapi to help


    Is it a giraffe? Is it a zebra? Mindblowing.

    You're welcome.

  18. Feeling the Force

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Force India's Sergio Perez

    "At Force India, the contrast with this time last year could not be starker. In 2015, they missed one test altogether, did the second with their old car, and did not have their new car ready until the second day of the final one. 

    "This year, they have hit the ground running and the 2016 car looks a solid effort from a team that was increasingly impressive in the second half of last season. 

    "‘Very good, very positive,’ Sergio Perez said yesterday. ‘I am very happy with my first day in the car. There is big potential that we have to exploit out of this car. If you compare where we were last year, it's a couple of seconds difference already. We are in a much better position than we were last year, so I'm very optimistic.’”

  19. Post update

    Who nose?

    I'll do the jokes around here, thank you very much.

    Kimi Raikkonen has notched 47 laps so far today, but has been about three seconds off team-mate Sebastian Vettel's quickest time yesterday.