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Force India informs Perez that his relative pace is better on this run so he can focus on “keeping degradation under control”. #F1
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Kvyat tells Toro Rosso he’s “losing general grip”. A torque map change is suggested. #F1
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Ricciardo is asking Red Bull about Alonso’s pace, as he sizes up his likely race rivals. #F1
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Toro Rosso tells Kvyat he’s doing “a very good job”. #F1
 @autosportlive4m

TV shots from the Mercedes garage show a lot of work going on around Hamilton’s car, which is already being dismantled. #F1
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A crackly and slightly giggly Button gives McLaren tyre feedback: “They’re not getting worse. They started off pretty bad.” #F1
 @autosportlive9m

Vergne is the latest to have a lock-up into Turn 12 at the end of the backstraight, although unlike most it’s the outside front that locks.
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Lead order reminder with 15 minutes to go:1 Hamilton2 Rosberg (+0.003s)3 Alonso (+1.104s)4 Ricciardo5 Massa6 Raikkonen #F1
 @autosportlive11m

Hamilton has stayed in the garage since coming in with that problem. Grosjean and Vettel are the only other men in the pits. #F1
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Raikkonen shares some worries with Ferrari: “I think we have a lot of slipping on the clutch, and I can smell some oil”. #F1
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@WilliamsRacing: “Both cars out now running with Felipe on soft tyres and Valtteri on mediums” #F1
 @autosportlive16m

Hamilton is instructed to carry out a practice pitstop as usual when he comes in, which he does now. The team didn’t specify the issue. #F1
 @autosportlive16m

Mercedes tells Hamilton to come in due to “an issue with the car”. #F1
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As expected, seeing as he knows he’s starting from the pitlane, Vettel is totally race-focused on this session. He’s 5.4s off the pace. #F1
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Hamilton takes a tighter line into Turn 1, as Ricciardo locks up and gives the Mercedes a puff of smoke to drive through. #F1
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Rosberg tells Mercedes he accidentally pressed the clutch pedal and asks it’s OK to keep running. The team gives him the all-clear. #F1
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A gearbox quirk for Hamilton too, who tells Mercedes about a “strange shift, fourth to fifth, across the startline”. #F1
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Mercedes tells Rosberg to “just continue, there’s nothing to check”. #F1
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Rosberg is reporting some gearbox concerns on the radio. He says it’s affecting the downshift. #F1
 @autosportlive25m

As usual, this is the part of the session where everyone slogs around on heavier fuel testing tyre life on long runs. #F1
 @autosportlive32m

And if this was qualifying, in Q1 trouble would be…15 Sutil16 Gutierrez17 Maldonado18 Vettel #F1
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Outside the top six:7 Kvyat8 Magnussen9 Button10 Hulkenberg11 Bottas12 Vergne13 Perez14 Grosjean #F1
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We’re past halfway, there are soft tyres everywhere, here’s the lead order:1 Hamilton2 Rosberg3 Alonso4 Ricciardo5 Massa6 Raikkonen
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Massa still improves again, bringing his Williams up to fifth. #F1
 @autosportlive33m

Hamilton’s had a lock-up at the end of the backstraight, as has Massa. Both still made the apex though. #F1
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Hamilton asks how everyone else is doing on the softs, and is told “from what we’re seeing, everyone is slower on lap three”. #F1
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Alonso’s lap vaults him up to third place, 1.104s off the pace. #F1
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Bottas returns to the top 10 in ninth, just ahead of Williams team-mate Massa. #F1
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Kvyat moves the Toro Rosso up to fourth, two tenths behind Ricciardo’s Red Bull ahead. #F1
 @autosportlive36m

Ferrari hasn’t yet done a proper soft-tyre time, but Alonso is now set to improve from his current 14th place. #F1
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