Vettel made flying lap with a 1:34.120, over a second quicker than Mercedes’ speedy Nico Rosberg’s preceding utter record set in Q2 last year.
Morning pace-setter Kimi Raikkonen finished two tenths behind his team-mate Vettel with Valtteri Bottas six tenths behind in third ahead championship contender and team-mate Lewis Hamilton who was struggled with scrappy session.
It was a chaotic session for Mercedes duo, they struggled with ultra-soft compound run, especially Hamilton abort a couple of his ultra-soft attempts. The Brit also ran wide at Turn 4 on his first effort, before backing off on his next run, and ended up 0.039s adrift of Bottas.
The Red Bull speedy Max Verstappen’s session was cut short due to a power failure despite finishing P5, 1.4 seconds slower than Ferrari, with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo three tenths further back.
Haas F1 opted to change their brake suppliers from Brembo to Carbon Industrie in a bid to combat their long-running problems.
But, during the FP2, irritated Romain Grosjean complaining about the same issue that has hindered the American outfit since latter stages of last season.
Daniil Kvyat then suffered a small spin at the tricky Turn 13 as the scrappy nature of FP1 carried over into the afternoon session.