Sebastian Vettel set the pace in the Friday afternoon session on the streets of Valencia, with the wind dropping and the sun coming out, pushing up the temperatures considerably. The result was a rather odd top 10 as teams did different work in preparation for the race on Sunday. The top 15 was nonetheless covered by just a second. Second fastest was Nico Hulkenberg in his Force India ahead of Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber and Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes. Bruno Senna was fifth ahead of Paul di Resta in the second Force India, Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari; Romain Grosjean’s Lotus, Mark Webber’s Red Bull and the Second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg.
Within a second of the fastest time were Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button, Pastor Maldonado, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa. Sergio Perez was 16th but it was a Caterham next in 17th, ahead of the Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo. Heikki Kovalainen was 19th, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne, followed by the Marussias of Timo Glock and Charles Pic and the HRTs of Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa, the last-named having crashed midway through the session.