Romain Grosjean continued the form that saw him win the GP2 Asia Series title into the first day of pre-season testing for the upcoming main series. The French Dams driver recorded the fastest time of the day at Silverstone.

The day's running began in wet conditions, but despite this all of the drivers were eager to get laps under their belt in order to get as much mileage as possible on the Pirelli wet weather tyres. Grosjean was the early pacesetter, but was beaten mid-way through the morning session by iSport driver Marcus Ericsson – the Swede improving on the Frenchman's time by five hundredths of  a second.

Reigning GP3 Series champion Esteban Gutierrez then went top, before being bettered by Lotus ART teammate Jules Bianchi. Bianchi later improved his time to end the session ahead, with Jolyon Palmer moving up to second at the last minute, pushing Gutierrez down to third. The Addax pairing of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde rounded out the top five for the session.

The track had dried slightly for the afternoon session, where Grosjean once again set the early pace. Davide Rigon, returning to GP2 with Coloni, later took top spot, a whole three seconds ahead of his nearest rival. As the track dried Grosjean returned to first place, until Stefano Coletti became the first driver to fit slick tyres and immediately went quicker. The Trident racer continued to better his time to remain at the head of the field.

More drivers moved onto slicks as the session came to a close, which saw Ericsson, Fabio Leimer and Josef Kral all have a spell in P1. Grosjean then regained first place, just before the session came to an early finish as Fairuz Fauzy lost control and brought out the red flag with eight minutes remaining. With the session not restarting Grosjean ended the day on top, ahead of Kral, Leimer, Sam Bird and Bianchi.

Morning session:

  Driver Team Laptime Gap Laps
1. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:55.769   29
2. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:56.146 +0.377 22
3. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:56.236 +0.467 21
4. Charles Pic Barwa Addax 1:56.244 +0.475 29
5. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax 1:56.496 +0.727 22
6. Max Chilton Carlin 1:56.841 +1.072 21
7. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1:57.027 +1.258 25
8. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:57.270 +1.501 21
9. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:57.296 +1.527 25
10. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:57.452 +1.683 19
11. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1:57.472 +1.703 11
12. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:57.576 +1.807 24
13. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:57.788 +2.019 29
14. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:57.850 +2.081 27
15. Julian Leal Rapax 1:57.871 +2.102 20
16. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:58.027 +2.258 17
17. Sam Bird iSport International 1:58.289 +2.520 19
18. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:58.293 +2.524 40
19. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:58.319 +2.550 14
20. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:58.439 +2.670 30
21. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1:58.770 +3.001 10
22. Josef Kral Arden International 1:58.048 +2.279 21
23. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 2:00.070 +4.301 17
24. Fabio Leimer Rapax 2:00.228 +4.459 26
25. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 2:00.299 +4.530 13
26. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing No time   2

Afternoon session:

  Driver Team Laptime Gap Laps
1. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:40.725   17
2. Josef Kral Arden International 1:41.361 +0.636 11
3. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:41.480 +0.755 14
4. Sam Bird iSport International 1:41.525 +0.800 14
5. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:41.555 +0.830 15
6. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:41.639 +0.914 15
7. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:41.651 +0.926 14
8. Julian Leal Rapax 1:41.781 +1.056 15
9. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:41.819 +1.094 20
10. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:41.900 +1.175 13
11. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1:42.103 +1.378 17
12. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:42.147 +1.422 17
13. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:42.231 +1.506 18
14. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:42.360 +1.635 18
15. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1:42.376 +1.651 21
16. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:42.399 +1.674 16
17. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1:42.488 +1.763 9
18. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:42.508 +1.783 12
19. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1:42.509 +1.784 16
20. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:42.929 +2.204 13
21. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:43.125 +2.400 14
22. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:43.450 +2.725 17
23. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:43.479 +2.754 18
24. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:43.919 +3.194 16
25. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:44.029 +3.304 21
26. Max Chilton Carlin 1:55.587 +14.862 3