Button in eighth was 0.096s quicker than Magnussen in 12th, with Nico Hulkenberg missing out on a spot in Q3 by just 0.045s. Sergio Perez, Romain Grosean, Daniil Kvyat and Adrian Sutil were the other drivers to fail to make it through to the final part of qualifying.
With Esteban Gutierrez not running in Q1, there were only five drivers fighting to avoid dropping out in the first part of qualifying alongside the Sauber. Pastor Maldonado was in the bottom six when he encountered trouble in his Lotus and had to park the car at Turn 3.
With Sergio Perez spinning on his flying laps on supersoft tyres, Max Chilton had to find just 0.1s to progress in to Q2, but Marussia had decided to send him out very late and his hopes were dashed when Marcus Ericsson spun at Turn 9 and hit the wall, bringing out the red flags with 16 seconds to run.
With the session not restarting, Maldonado and Chilton dropped out alongside Jules Bianchi, Kamui Kobayashi, Ericsson and Gutierrez, with the two Marussias a second clear of the Caterhams.