Sebastian Vettel continued to be the man to beat in India, as he followed up his incredible performance at the Buddh International Circuilt last season where he picked up the triple crown, with twin timesheet topping performances in FP1 and FP2 on Friday. Having set a time of 1:27.619 to top the charts in the morning, Vettel set the pace again in FP2, posting an excellent 1:26.221 second lap on the soft tyres in the afternoon. Red Bull made it a perfect day for them with Mark Webber almost matching the double world champion for pace, setting an excellent 1:26.339 second lap himself. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who is 6 points behind Vettel in the race for the drivers' championship, was third quickest, but a massive 0.599 seconds behind.
Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen were fourth and fifth quickest, but neither driver managed to break into the 1:26s. Rosberg shared though that his position on the timesheets may not necessarily be realistic of his potential qualifying pace. The McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were 6th and 7th, with virtually nothing separating the duo in terms of pace. Nico Hulkenberg gave the home fans something to cheer by setting the eighth fastest time in the Force India.