Alexander Sims carried his pacesetting GP3 form from the Valencia's permanent Ricardo Tormo circuit to its street circuit by going quickest in first free practice.

The Status Grand Prix driver topped the timesheets on both days of last week's official test at Ricardo Tormo, and has successfully repeated that form at the beginning of the weekend, beating Mitch Evans by nine hundredths of a second.

Michael Christensen was the first man to top the session for Mucke, before swapping fastest times with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Tom Dillmann and Valtteri Bottas.

Lewis Williamson went quickest with ten minutes remaining in the session, before MW Arden teammate Evans bettered his time.

Sims took top spot in the final moments, with Evans dropping to second. Dillmann and Addax teammate Gabby Chaves ended the session in third and fourth. Championship leader Nigel Melker was fifth, ahead of Finnish pairing Bottas and Aaro Vainio.

Brits Williamson and Quaife-Hobbs dropped down to eighth and ninth places respectively, with Conor Daly in tenth for Carlin.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 1:59.708 14
2 Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:59.798 0.090 14
3 Tom Dillmann Addax Team 1:59.863 0.155 12
4 Gabby Chaves Addax Team 1:59.930 0.222 13
5 Nigel Melker RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:59.974 0.266 14
6 Valtteri Bottas Lotus ART 1:59.978 0.270 13
7 Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 2:00.025 0.317 13
8 Lewis Williamson MW Arden 2:00.045 0.337 14
9 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Manor Racing 2:00.052 0.344 13
10 Conor Daly Carlin 2:00.114 0.406 15
11 Michael Christensen RSC Mucke Motorsport 2:00.134 0.426 13
12 Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 2:00.194 0.486 14
13 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 2:00.214 0.506 14
14 Simon Trummer MW Arden 2:00.250 0.542 14
15 Pedro Nunes Lotus ART 2:00.285 0.577 13
16 Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS GP 2:00.298 0.590 14
17 Ivan Lukashevich RSC Mucke Motorsport 2:00.305 0.597 13
18 Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke Motorsport 2:00.558 0.694 15
19 Dean Smith Addax Team 2:00.573 0.865 6
20 James Calado Lotus ART 2:00.694 0.986 13
21 Antonio Felix Da Costa Status Grand Prix 2:00.737 1.029 14
22 Daniel Morad Carlin 2:00.783 1.075 13
23 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing 2:00.842 1.134 12
24 Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 2:01.067 1.359 14
25 Nick Yelloly Atech CRS GP 2:01.084 1.376 13
26 Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 2:01.149 1.441 14
27 Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 2:01.374 1.666 13
28 Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 Racing 2:02.155 2.447 13
29 Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer Motorsport 2:03.413 3.705 4
30 Zoel Amberg Atech CRS GP 1