Without the unpredictability of rain to prompt the teams to gamble, they were almost straight out on track. Nico Hulkenberg was the first man out on track and set a benchmark lap of 1.35.806. Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez was the next man across the line and he bettered Hulkenberg’s attempt until Romain Grosjean set his first timed lap to go first. Raikkonen, Bottas, Massa and Maldonado tried to set a faster lap, but couldn’t surpass the Frenchman’s effort.
It was Nico Rosberg with ten minutes gone that managed to improve, setting a 1.31.355 which was soon beaten by Lewis Hamilton who set a 1.30.995 on his first timed lap. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was struggling to put a lap together, consistently slipping wide at the Maggots/Becketts section which left him fifth with five minutes remaining in the session.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber went out to set his first timed lap at his strongest track, to go third behind the Mercedes duo. McLaren’s Jenson Button was eighteen minutes into the session before he set his first lap which put him eighth for the historic team. Felipe Massa was far into the drop out zone when the checkered flag flew, but could only go 14th. Alonso, who was in the pits, finished 15th.
William’s Valtteri Bottas was the first man out, finishing 18th for Williams in their 600th Grand Prix. Esteban Gutierrez was eighteenth for Sauber, Pic the best of the backmarkers while Bianchi, Van der Garde and Chilton filed in twentieth, twenty-first and twenty-second.
- Valtteri Bottas
- Esteban Gutierrez
- Charles Pic
- Jules Bianchi
- Giedo van der Garde
- Max Chilton