Romain Grosjean continued his GP2 championship-leading form by dominating the practice session ahead of qualifying at the Nurburgring. The Frenchman set his quickest time ten minutes into the half hour session, which remained good enough for him to end the session seven tenths quicker than anyone else.

Stefano Coletti was quickest on the drivers' opening laps, but Grosjean was the first man to set a competitive lap time on his next attempt. The DAMS driver then improved two laps later to go over a second clear at the head of the timesheets.

Grosjean's rivals struggled to get close to him, with compatriot Jules Bianchi going closest, albeit eight tenths down. Most of the field returned to the pits midway through the session, though Davide Valsecchi didn't join them after running wide at the final corner and hitting the wall. Giedo van der Garde meanwhile suffered from a mechanical problem that brought an early end to his session.

There were few improvements to times in the second half of the session, though Dani Clos improved into second place as the checkered flag came out. Bianchi remained in third, with Luca Filippi fourth fastest upon his return to the Coloni team.

Charles Pic was fifth fastest, with Esteban Gutierrez sixth. Fabio Leimer was seventh ahead of Jolyon Palmer who was an encouraging eighth fastest. Coletti and Alvaro Parente rounded out the top ten.

Series returnee Adam Carroll was 22nd quickest for Super Nova.

Free Practice results:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:40.484   14
2. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:41.222 0.738 13
3. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:41.326 0.842 13
4. Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 1:41.330 0.846 13
5. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:41.411 0.927 12
6. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:41.426 0.942 13
7. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:41.616 1.132 14
8. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:41.716 1.232 13
9. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:41.748 1.264 12
10. Alvaro Parente Carlin 1:41.834 1.350 13
11. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:41.863 1.379 13
12. Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 1:41.936 1.452 14
13. Sam Bird iSport International 1:41.971 1.487 11
14. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:42.049 1.565 6
15. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:42.077 1.593 14
16. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:42.213 1.729 12
17. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:42.248 1.764 13
18. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:42.250 1.766 11
19 Josef Kral Arden International 1:42.312 1.828 12
20. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:42.335 1.851 13
21. Max Chilton Carlin 1:42.380 1.896 9
22. Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing 1:42.471 1.987 13
23. Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 1:42.641 2.157 8
24. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:42.673 2.189 13
25. Julian Leal Rapax 1:42.927 2.443 14
26. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:42.032 2.548 14