With the unpredictability of Q1 ringing loudly in their ears, no one hesitated to get out on track when Q2 began. With the track drying, it was even harder to decide which tyres to run. Kimi Raikkonen elected to use the dry compounds but locked up into the bus-stop chicane on his first flying lap.
Sooner than you can say “change the tyres”, the track had dried and everyone came out on the dry Pirellis. Giedo van der Garde ran circles around the Marussias while Alonso, Webber, Vettel and Hamilton put themselves at the top of the timesheets. Nico Rosberg, stunningly, was thirteen seconds shy of the top time and finished sixteenth and last with the checkered flag out but on his last attempt went third.
Felipe Massa made it through to Q3, as did Jenson Button. Romain Grosjean, Paul di Resta and Kimi Raikkonen. Nico Hulkenberg was eleventh, Adrian Sutil twelfth, Sergio Perez thirteenth, Giedo van der Garde in a fantastic fourteenth, Jules Bianchi fifteenth and Max Chilton sixteenth.
- Nico Hulkenberg
- Adrian Sutil
- Sergio Perez
- Giedo van der Garde
- Jules Bianchi
- Max Chilton