Nick Heidfeld gave the home fans something to cheer about as he topped the times in second practice, with Felix Rosenqvist completing a perfect session for the Mahindra squad with second place.
In an eventful session that saw the drivers constantly swapping purple sectors amidst 200kW laps, Heidfeld put down an early marker of 1:08.070s to go to the top of the pile ahead of his team-mate.
Further down the order, reigning champion and FP1 pace setter Sebastien Buemi left it late to attempt a 200kW lap and could only manage P9 with a 1:08.643s, half a second away from the benchmark of Heidfeld.
Maro Engel had a positive session, once again showing his raw pace as he put his Venturi third fastest, only a few hundredths ahead of Lucas di Grassi.
Stephane Sarrazin appears to be settling into his new Techeetah seat well, as the Frenchman beat his team-mate to go fifth fastest, while both DS Virgin’s of Jose Maria Lopez and Sam Bird once again reached the top ten.
A few drivers had issues with lock ups and missed apexes, with Antonio Felix da Costa missing his braking point in turn one before finding the dusty outside line, while team-mate Robin Frijns had a half-spin at turn nine but did very well to keep the car pointing the right way.
Rather unexpectedly Nelson Piquet Jr, Nico Prost and Daniel Abt all found themselves languishing in the bottom half of the times and will all be hoping to find the pace they are capable of for qualifying.