Times tumbled as a result as the chequered flag flew, with Nico Hulkenberg the best placed of those to miss out in eleventh ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. Romain Grosjean was 13th for Lotus following his practice accident, with the Frenchman having managed to make it past Q1 despite having only being able to carry out one flying lap.
Unable to replicate the top four time he posted in Q1, the Frenchman instead starts down on row seven of the grid alongside Valtteri Bottas, with Giedo van der Garde and Pastor Maldonado on row eight.
Van der Garde proved to be one of the stars of the session as he carried Caterham into Q2 for the first time this season thanks to a strong lap in Q1, with the Dutchman running as high as fourth in the second 15 minute segment as drivers made the decision to switch to slicks. Maldonado meanwhile was too late to make the switch to dry tyres and having paced Q1, the Williams man found himself on the bottom of the pile in Q2.
Van der Garde's charge into Q2 came at the expense of Force India's Paul di Resta, who now faces a huge challenge to maintain his strong scoring run this season after failing at the first hurdle of the session.
The Scot was left to rue his team's tactics after he didn't get a run on new intermediate tyres and ended up three-tenths of a second away from the cut-off point. Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez also missed out on Q2 in 19th spot behind the Caterham of Charles Pic, with Max Chilton 20th fastest for Marussia.
Chilton's team-mate Jules Bianchi failed to set a time as his car ground to a halt at Massenet on its out lap with an airbox fire, while Felipe Massa failed to make it out onto the circuit following his accident in practice – with Ferrari simply unable to repair the damage sustained in the short amount of time between FP3 and qualifying.
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