Davide Valsecchi has topped the timesheets on the first day of the final GP2 Series pre-season test, held at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

In the morning session it was Jolyon Palmer who set the initial pace for Arden, before being displaced at the head of the standings by fellow Briton Max Chilton of Carlin. AirAsia man Valsecchi went top at the half-way point. Addax driver Charles Pic ended the session on top though, beating Valsecchi's best by just four hundredths of a second. Esteban Gutierrez was third for ART, with Romain Grosjean and Sam Bird rounding out the top five for Dams and iSport respectively.

Valsecchi set the early pace in the afternoon session, until Jules Bianchi went quickest for ART shortly before the one hour mark, a whole 1.9 seconds faster. The rest of the field set about reaching this benchmark, but it took until the final hour when Luca Filippi took top spot for Super Nova. Fellow Italian Valsecchi improved his time in the final half hour to take top spot back, where he remained until the checkered flag, helped by two red flag periods late on. Filippi remained in second, ahead of Bianchi, Michael Herck (Coloni), and Grosjean.

Morning session times:

  Driver Team Laptime Gap Laps
1. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:29.875   31
2. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1:29.915 +0.040 23
3. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:29.976 +0.101 25
4. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:30.051 +0.176 19
5. Sam Bird iSport International 1:30.059 +0.184 23
6. Max Chilton Carlin 1:30.183 +0.308 25
7. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:30.228 +0.353 27
8. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1:30.347 +0.472 21
9. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1:30.364 +0.489 24
10. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:30.430 +0.555 19
11. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:30.450 +0.575 29
12. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1:30.623 +0.748 21
13. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:30.671 +0.796 19
14. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:30.760 +0.885 24
15. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.857 +0.982 22
16. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:30.866 +0.991 26
17. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:30.900 +1.025 25
18. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:30.924 +1.049 19
19. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:30.959 +1.084 18
20. Julian Leal Rapax 1:30.982 +1.107 26
21. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:31.070 +1.195 27
22. Josef Kral Arden International 1:31.263 +1.388 17
23. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:31.322 +1.447 20
24. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1:31.531 +1.656 21
25. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:31.854 +1.979 21
26. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:32.162 +2.287 18

Afternoon session times:

  Driver Team Laptime Gap Laps
1. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1:29.718   23
2. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1:29.743 +0.025 19
3. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:29.912 +0.194 18
4. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:30.262 +0.544 28
5. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:30.371 +0.653 25
6. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:30.402 +0.684 14
7. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1:30.544 +0.826 28
8. Max Chilton Carlin 1:30.602 +0.884 18
9. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:30.780 +1.062 21
10. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:30.807 +1.089 19
11. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:30.825 +1.107 23
12. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:30.956 +1.238 28
13. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1:30.956 +1.238 23
14. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:30.964 +1.246 19
15. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:30.982 +1.264 25
16. Julian Leal Rapax 1:31.125 +1.407 20
17. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Engineering 1:31.248 +1.530 20
18. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:31.252 +1.534 20
19. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Engineering 1:31.311 +1.593 20
20. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:31.342 +1.624 19
21. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:31.639 +1.921 19
22. Sam Bird iSport International 1:31.766 +2.048 29
23. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:31.921 +2.203 31
24. Josef Kral Arden International 1:32.366 +2.648 25
25. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1:32.900 +3.182 13
26. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:33.747 +4.029 35