Daniel Ricciardo remained upbeat in Malaysia after a mixed bag Friday practice day in his Renault-powered RB11.

Mercedes shook off an unexpectedly imperfect day in Malaysia, with telemetry issues and engine niggles preventing the usual excess of laps for the team.

Williams looked up against the wall in its battle with Ferrari during Friday free practice in Malaysia after conceding it had lost qualifying advantage.

Thursday, 19 February. Force India rolls its car out of its Barcelona garage at the second pre-season testing session of 2015. Except it isn’t its 2015 car. The 2014 VJM07 has proven to have exceptional life expectancy by clocking laps well beyond its one-year life expectancy, albeit as a glorified tyre test car.

The cameramen take their positions in the hot and humid Malaysian morning, and with the sun beating down on his white McLaren t-shirt, Fernando Alonso has emerged and entered the Sepang paddock.