Before qualifying got underway, Tom Blomqvist had a scary moment in the second free practice session. He lost control of his car on the kerb of a right-hand turn and skidded into the tyre wall on the opposite side. While the team repaired his car, Blomqvist continued the practice session in the other car. Then, in qualifying, he was in the first of four groups where he set a lap time of 1:16.424 minutes. António Félix da Costa took to the track in the second group, and recorded a time of 1:14.973 minutes. Félix da Costa finished in 13th and Blomqvist in 17th place in the qualifying rankings. After qualifying, the stewards awarded penalties to some of the drivers, which worked in Félix da Costa’s favour and saw him move up to 11th place on the grid. Blomqvist, on the other hand, was moved to the back of the grid because the gearbox had to be changed after his accident.