Charles Pic put the bounce back into Barwa Addax' season for the first time since Valencia, narrowly holding off Luca Filippi by 0.076s as the Italian prepares for his 100th GP2 start and his first for Scuderia Coloni.

French rivals Romain Grosjean and Jules Bianchi line up on the second row of the feature race at the Nurburgring, with Pic's team mate Giedo van der Garde thwarted by traffic and set to start from fifth place.

Qualifying times

1. #3 Charles Pic Barwa Addax 1:40.317s + 184.742s (12 laps)
2. #19 Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 1:40.393s + 0.076s (11 laps)
3. #11 Romain Grosjean Dams 1:40.431s + 0.114s (13 laps)
4. #5 Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:40.755s + 0.438s (13 laps)
5. #4 Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax 1:40.781s + 0.464s (13 laps)
6. #1 Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:40.794s + 0.477s (15 laps)
7. #25 Alvaro Parente Carlin 1:40.803s + 0.486s (14 laps)
8. #6 Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:40.817s + 0.500s (13 laps)
9. #10 Marcus Ericsson iSport 1:40.859s + 0.542s (12 laps)
10. #26 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 1:40.968s + 0.651s (14 laps)
11. #9 Sam Bird iSport 1:40.970s + 0.653s (12 laps)
12. #7 Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:40.998s + 0.681s (12 laps)
13. #18 Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:41.059s + 0.742s (12 laps) *
14. #8 Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:41.101s + 0.784s (12 laps)
15. #17 Adam Carroll Super Nova 1:41.141s + 0.824s (12 laps)
16. #21 Stefano Coletti Trident 1:41.166s + 0.849s (13 laps)
17. #22 Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:41.268s + 0.951s (13 laps)
18. #27 Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 1:41.354s + 1.037s (11 laps)
19. #14 Josef Kral Arden 1:41.356s + 1.039s (12 laps)
20. #20 Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident 1:41.489s + 1.172s (14 laps)
21. #23 Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:41.489s + 1.172s (14 laps)
22. #15 Jolyon Palmer Arden 1:41.594s + 1.277s (13 laps)
23. #12 Pal Varhaug Dams 1:41.633s + 1.316s (13 laps)
24. #2 Julian Leal Rapax 1:41.894s + 1.577s (15 laps)
25. #16 Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova 1:41.966s + 1.649s (15 laps)
26. #24 Max Chilton Carlin 1:42.783s + 2.466s (9 laps)

* = Michael Herck received a three-place starting grid penalty for blocking Sam Bird during qualifying and will start from 16th.