World champion Sebastian Vettel damaged his chances of a fourth consecutive victory as he spectacularly crashed during Friday’s first practice session.
The Red Bull driver crashed as he exited the last corner into the wall dubbed as the “Wall of Champions”.
Mercedes and Ferrari dominated the session once it resumed.
Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets with a 1.15.591 to finish ahead of Fernando Alonso, team-mate Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa.
McLaren’s Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were fifth and sixth. Paul di Resta was eighth.