Fernando Alonso signalled his intent in Saturday's final practice as the Ferrari driver edged Jenson Button on a dry Silverstone circuit.
It was a flying start to final practice as Kimi Raikkonen sat at the front of the queue waiting for the lights to go green with all the drivers looking to take advantage of the first bit of dry running seen this weekend.
However, the track wasn't completely dry as Raikkonen found out on his first flying lap, hitting a damp patch at the second part of Becketts that sent him flying off the track. The Finn recovered and continued on his way while his team-mate Romain Grosjean set the early pace before he was overhauled by Michael Schumacher. The benchmark time a 1:34.517.
Nico Rosberg was the next to lead the way before coming under attack from Jenson Button. The Brit, though, fell short by 0.069s as Sergio Perez joined Raikkonen in hitting the one wet spot at Becketts. Paul di Resta was the next victim, which put his Force India into a spin.
Fernando Alonso was the next to challenge for the P1 slot, taking it off Rosberg. However, his reign was short-lived as Hamilton crossed the line half a second quicker than the Ferrari driver, a 1:33.084 for the McLaren driver, who was on the harder of the two Pirelli compounds.
Charles Pic's session came to a temporary halt as the Marussia driver broke down on the side of the track. The session was red flagged as the car was in a dangerous position for the marshals to move it. It was returned to the pits while the session resumed with 32 minutes on the clock.
Jenson Button had his turn at the front before losing to Hamilton, who in turn was beaten by Grosjean and then Alonso, the benchmark time down to a 1:32.167 with 15 minutes to go. On his next lap, the Spaniard spun his Ferrari after touching the kerbs into the final corner. Kamui Kobayashi also spins at that same corner moments after his team-mate Sergio Perez lost his front wing as he went rallying across the grass for the second time in as many minutes.
Another problem for Pic as he again breaks down on track and the marshals are again called in to push his car out of the way. This time, though, the red flags are not needed.
The final five minutes saw several attempts on Alonso' P1 time, however, no one was able to better the Spaniard, who finished ahead of Button, Grosjean and Vettel.
01 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:32.167 21 laps
02 Jenson Button McLaren 1:32.320 0.153 20 laps
03 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:32.358 0.191 25 laps
04 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:32.420 0.253 21 laps
05 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:32.454 0.287 25 laps
06 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:32.477 0.310 20 laps
07 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:32.622 0.455 21 laps
08 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:32.940 0.773 19 laps
09 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:33.046 0.879 20 laps
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:33.150 0.983 19 laps
11 Bruno Senna Williams 1:33.267 1.100 25 laps
12 Paul di Resta Force India 1:33.367 1.200 20 laps
13 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:33.398 1.231 24 laps
14 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:33.462 1.295 24 laps
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:33.673 1.506 22 laps
16 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:33.674 1.507 21 laps
17 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:33.707 1.540 21 laps
18 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.733 1.566 15 laps
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:34.298 2.131 18 laps
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:34.781 2.614 20 laps
21 Timo Glock Marussia 1:36.605 4.438 18 laps
22 Charles Pic Marussia 1:37.060 4.893 14 laps
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1:37.269 5.102 23 laps
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 1:37.429 5.262 17 laps