Paul di Resta was 13th for Force India
with Jean-Eric Vergne enjoying his best qualifying performance for some time to take 14th; the Frenchman bouncing back from his issue in the final practice session earlier in the morning.
Sauber pair Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi
struggled to 15th and 16th positions while Nico Rosberg
was well off the pace as he proved to be unable to get anywhere near team-mate Schumacher and was slowest in Q2.
With Vergne escaping Q1, it was the turn of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to instead fall at the first hurdle in 18th with Marussia duo Timo Glock
and Charles Pic
then comprehensively beating the Caterhams of Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen
to give them an advantage ahead of race day in the battle for tenth spot.
Both Pedro de la Rosa
and Narain Karthikeyan were able to lap within 107 per cent of Vettel's fastest time in Q1 to earn their place in the race, although Karthikeyan would end his session parked on the side of the circuit with a mechanical issue.