With much excitement around the Frenchman's Red Bull Junior stablemate Daniel Ricciardo, following the announcement that he will make his Formula 1 debut with HRT at Silverstone, Vergne grabbed some of the spotlight by going quickest on a time of 1m35.016s.
Daniil Move showed that he will not be a pushover for his new high-profile team-mate, and former A1GP champion, Adam Carroll at P1 Motorsport by recording the second fastest time.
Carroll is making his debut in series in place of Walter Grubmuller, who suffered a back injury in the last meeting at the Nurburgring.
Carroll ended the morning 16th, one place above returning champion Mikhail Aleshin, who takes the place of fellow Russian Anton Nebylitskiy at KMP Racing. Nebylitskiy has been stood down for this meeting following a heavy crash at the Nurburgring.
Completing the driver changes, Pons Racing has renewed its relationship with Marcos Martinez. The Spaniard scored four wins with Sito Pons' team in 2009, and becomes Oliver Webb's sixth team-mate in six races.
Adding weight to his greatly improved standing this season, a late hot lap from Sergio Canamasas (BVM Target) netted the Spaniard the third fastest time ahead of Jan Charouz (Gravity-Charouz), who led the session for some time.
Fortec's Motorland winner Alexander Rossi took fifth spot. A variety of circumstances has prevented the fast American from scoring in the last three races, and Rossi will be determined to recover ground this weekend. KMP's Nelson Panciatici completed the top six.
Formula 1 new boy Ricciardo (ISR) was ninth, ahead of a good effort from Daniel McKenzie. Championship leader Robert Wickens was 15th, the Canadian completed only 11 laps after suffering engine problems.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Jean Eric Vergne Carlin 1m35.016s
2. Daniil Move P1 1m35.107s + 0.091s
3. Sergio Canamasas BVM Target 1m35.136s + 0.120s
4. Jan Charouz Gravity-Charouz 1m35.144s + 0.128s
5. Alexander Rossi Fortec 1m35.290s + 0.274s
6. Nelson Panciatici KMP 1m35.294s + 0.278s
7. Cesar Ramos Fortec 1m35.375s + 0.359s
8. Albert Costa Epic 1m35.376s + 0.360s
9. Daniel Ricciardo ISR 1m35.438s + 0.422s
10. Daniel McKenzie Comtec 1m35.477s + 0.461s
11. Arthur Pic Tech 1 1m35.481s + 0.465s
12. Stephane Richelmi Draco 1m35.487s + 0.471s
13. Sten Pentus Epic 1m35.631s + 0.615s
14. Kevin Korjus Tech 1 1m35.763s + 0.747s
15. Robert Wickens Carlin 1m35.768s + 0.752s
16. Adam Carroll P1 1m35.815s + 0.799s
17. Mikhail Aleshin KMP 1m35.840s + 0.824s
18. Brendon Hartley Gravity-Charouz 1m35.927s + 0.911s
19. Oliver Webb Pons 1m35.933s + 0.917s
20. Jake Rosenzweig Mofaz 1m36.064s + 1.048s
21. Nathanael Berthon ISR 1m36.404s + 1.388s
22. Andre Negrao Draco 1m36.451s + 1.435s
23. Daniel de Jong Comtec 1m36.569s + 1.553s
24. Fairuz Fauzy Mofaz 1m36.576s + 1.560s
25. Marcos Martinez Pons 1m36.901s + 1.885s
26. Daniel Zampieri BVM Target 1m36.982s + 1.966s
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