Lewis Hamilton headed the times with a 1’31.754 while team mate Nico Rosberg made a late improvement to end up just two tenths of a second slower.
The next quickest car behind the W04s was Mark Webber’s Red Bull on a 1’32.789.
Fernando Alonso’s weekend suffered a setback when his car stopped on the approach to turn five shortly after he left the pits.
His Ferrari was returned to the team’s garage and he returned to the track halfway through the session. But Alonso reported back he had the “same problem” and cruised back into the pits where he spent the rest of the session.
Team mate Felipe Massa was one of several drivers to report they were having problems with the DRS telemetry signal. They were later told to ignore conflicting messages and only use the device in the designated zones. Several drivers were reminded not to activate it too early at the exit of the last corner, which may have affected their lap times.
Massa ended up sixth fastest behind Adrian Sutil’s Force India and Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus.
Jenson Button was an encouraging seventh for McLaren, his race engineer saying they’d had a “good session” as the chequered flag came out. The second McLaren of Sergio Perez was also in the top ten behind Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean.
The session passed without incident despite concerns over the tyres, which have been changed for this weekend’s race following the problems seen at Silverstone.
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