French driver Jules Bianchi put in a top time of 1:47.681s to head the timesheets at the end of the Friday morning free practice session in Valencia. Bianchi and Giedo van der Garde in second were the only two drivers to dip under the 1:48 mark all morning.

The session saw two red flags, for spins by Josef Kral and Pal Varhaug both in turn 14 of the docklands converted road course. Conditions were hot but cloudy, with the track still very dusty as had been the case in the preceding F1 first free practice session.

Friday practice times

1. #5 Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:47.681s 181.168kph (12 laps)
2. #4 Giedo Van Der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:47.736s + 0.055s (11 laps)
3. #17 Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:48.114s + 0.433s (9 laps)
4. #11 Romain Grosjean DAMS 1:48.189s + 0.508s (10 laps)
5. #3 Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:48.206s + 0.525s (10 laps)
6. #7 Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:48.308s + 0.627s (11 laps)
7. #9 Sam Bird iSport International 1:48.456s + 0.775s (9 laps)
8. #6 Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:48.484s + 0.803s (12 laps)
9. #27 Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 1:48.520s + 0.839s (11 laps)
10. #8 Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:48.707s + 1.026s (10 laps)
11. #24 Max Chilton Carlin 1:48.800s + 1.119s (11 laps)
12. #25 Alvaro Parente Carlin 1:48.881s + 1.200s (11 laps)
13. #18 Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:48.931s + 1.250s (11 laps)
14. #10 Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:48.960s + 1.279s (9 laps)
15. #26 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 1:49.146s + 1.465s (10 laps)
16. #16 Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:49.650s + 1.969s (11 laps)
17. #1 Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:49.759s + 2.078s (10 laps)
18. #23 Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:49.805s + 2.124s (11 laps)
19. #15 Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:50.056s + 2.375s (9 laps)
20. #20 Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:50.229s + 2.548s (10 laps)
21. #12 Pal Varhaug DAMS 1:50.412s + 2.731s (7 laps)
22. #19 Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 1:50.997s + 3.316s (11 laps)
23. #2 Julian Leal Rapax 1:51.238s + 3.557s (10 laps)
24. #22 Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:51.567s + 3.886s (11 laps)
25. #14 Josef Kral Arden International 1:59.074s + 11.393s (3 laps)
26. #21 Stefan Coletti Trident Racing 1:59.640s + 11.959s (9 laps)