Red Bull took their customary positions at the head of the times sheets in the second practice session. Sebastian Vettel led Mark Webber by a tenth of a second.
However Romain Grosjean, who was quickest in the first session, never really got to show his potential as his run on the softer tyres was spoiled by a braking problem.
He had other problems during the session and pulled into the pits with eight minutes remaining.
Lewis Hamilton ended the session third quickest but was unhappy during his long run, concerned about the Mercedes’ pace and struggling to get free of traffic.
With Grosjean down in 12th, Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest of the two Lotuses in fourth place, and showed promising performance on his long run.
Both McLaren drivers were well in the top ten, separated by just four thousandths of a second, with Sergio Perez seven-tenths of a second off Vettel in sixth place.
The Ferrari drivers appeared to have better pace, both in the top ten, separated by Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber.
Some drivers experienced tyre problems during the session including Jenson Button and Paul di Resta, who both had punctures. Max Chilton also had a spin at the exit of turn one, without hitting anything.
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