Concerned about incoming rain, teams were quick to get out as soon as they could on a largely completely dry track at the start of the half hour qualifying session at Silverstone on Friday afternoon. Hilmer Motorsport's Robin Frijns was an early provisional polesitter but was soon usurped by Barwa Addax's Rio Haryanto and then by Sam Bird, before Marcus Ericsson went 0.371s faster than the Russian Time to go top of the timesheets for DAMS with a lap of 1:40.716s just before the halfway point of the session.

It initially seemed that there was still plenty of scope for cars to improve their times from there. However, a flurry of spins indicated otherwise: Dani?l de Jong sent the MP Motorsports car spinning around and nearly hit the wall at the same spot that Ferrari's Felipe Massa had managed in F1 Free Practice 2, while Jake Rosenzweig had a scare with a semi-spin of his own in the Barwa Addax. De Jong's team mate Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was lucky to keep it off the barriers himself when he cut a corner and lost traction on the wet kerbing.

It soon became apparent that a light rain was indeed now falling over Silverstone. Teams scrambled to turnaround their cars and get their drivers back out again after the mid-session pause, but it was too late as slips for ART's James Calado and Carlin's Jolyon Palmer quickly proved. The grid was effectively frozen as it stood and the only further action was a few cars taking the opportunity to scrub in some slick tyres for Saturday afternoon's feature race.

Qualifying times

1. #1 Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:40.716s 130.841mph (6 laps)
2. #11 Sam Bird Russian Time 1:41.087s 130.361mph + 0.371s (7 laps)
3. #9 Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:41.144s 130.287mph + 0.428s (6 laps)
4. #18 Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:41.219s 130.190mph + 0.503s (9 laps)
5. #2 St?phane Richelmi DAMS 1:41.411s 129.944mph + 0.695s (7 laps)
6. #8 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:41.442s 129.904mph + 0.726s (10 laps)
7. #17 Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax 1:41.537s 129.783mph + 0.821s (10 laps)
8. #6 Mitch Evans Arden 1:41.563s 129.750mph + 0.847s (6 laps)
9. #12 Tom Dillmann Russian Time 1:41.633s 129.660mph + 0.917s (8 laps)
10. #3 James Calado ART GP 1:41.662s 129.623mph + 0.946s (10 laps)
11. #7 Juli?n Leal Racing Engineering 1:41.765s 129.492mph + 1.049s (9 laps)
12. #25 Fabio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:41.771s 129.484mph + 1.055s (8 laps)
13. #20 Nathana?l Berthon Trident Racing 1:41.812s 129.432mph + 1.096s (8 laps)
14. #14 Sergio Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.881s 129.345mph + 1.165s (7 laps)
15. #21 Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:41.890s 129.333mph + 1.174s (8 laps)
16. #22 Robin Frijns Hilmer Motorsport 1:41.970s 129.231mph + 1.254s (6 laps)
17. #23 Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 1:41.978s 129.222mph + 1.262s (8 laps)
18. #5 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Arden 1:42.013s 129.177mph + 1.297s (7 laps)
19. #15 Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:42.020s 129.168mph + 1.304s (7 laps)
20. #10 Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:42.207s 128.932mph + 1.491s (9 laps)
21. #19 Simon Trummer Rapax 1:42.213s 128.925mph + 1.497s (9 laps)
22. #24 Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:42.376s 128.719mph + 1.660s (8 laps)
23. #16 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax 1:42.402s 128.687mph + 1.686s (8 laps)
24. #26 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:42.658s 128.365mph + 1.942s (8 laps)
25. #4 Daniel Abt ART GP 1:42.687s 128.329mph + 1.971s (9 laps)
26. #27 Dani?l de Jong MP Motorsport 1:42.862s 128.111mph + 2.146s (6 laps)

Total Laps: 204 107% time: 1:47.766s