Mark Webber qualified for the first place on the grid for the first time this year. His Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel, who had started on the pole in the last three consecutive races, couldn't put a lap together and qualified second. This was Webber's 12th career pole.
The ambient air temperature at the start of the 60-minute qualifying session was 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius), and the track temperature was 97 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Celsius.)
Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez got things rolling for the 20 minute FP1. Nobody followed him out until three minutes later. Gutierrez set the first time: 1:33.547 and then lowered that to a 1:33.380.
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