Nico Muller set the pace in first free practice ahead of the final round of the GP3 season at Monza.

The Swiss Jenzer Motorsport driver set his fastest time in the closing stages of the session, ending up 0.166 seconds quicker than Adrian Quaife-Hobbs of Manor Racing.

Title rivals and ART teammates Valtteri Bottas and James Calado were third and fourth quickest, with 0.080s separating them. Bottas leads Calado by five points arriving in Monza.

Aaro Vainio was fifth fastest for Tech 1 Racing, one place ahead of Lewis Williamson, with Marlon Stockinger and Mitch Evans completing the top eight. Tom Dillmann was ninth and Michael Christensen tenth.

Vittorio Ghirelli was 26th for his new team Addax, while 48-year-old debutant Christophe Hurni was last of the 30 runners. He was only 3.437s slower than teammate Muller and just 0.008 behind local racer Daniel Mancinelli, although the Mucke driver only managed four laps.

Practice 1 times:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 1:43.961   14
2 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Manor Racing 1:44.127 0.166 15
3 Valtteri Bottas Lotus ART 1:44.341 0.380 13
4 James Calado Lotus ART 1:44.421 0.460 13
5 Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 1:44.424 0.463 13
6 Lewis Williamson MW Arden 1:44.518 0.557 15
7 Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS GP 1:44.568 0.607 14
8 Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:44.634 0.673 15
9 Tom Dillmann Addax Team 1:44.714 0.753 14
10 Michael Christensen RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:44.715 0.754 14
11 Antonio Felix Da Costa Status Grand Prix 1:44.742 0.781 15
12 Simon Trummer MW Arden 1:44.778 0.817 15
13 Richie Stanaway Lotus ART 1:44.930 0.969 13
14 Gabby Chaves Addax Team 1:44.963 1.002 14
15 Conor Daly Carlin 1:44.999 1.038 14
16 Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 1:45.020 1.059 14
17 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing 1:45.100 1.139 15
18 Nigel Melker RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:45.185 1.224 14
19 Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 1:45.238 1.277 13
20 Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 Racing 1:45.274 1.313 14
21 Callum MacLeod Carlin 1:45.275 1.314 14
22 Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1:45.400 1.439 14
23 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 1:45.429 1.468 14
24 Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 1:45.570 1.609 9
25 Zoel Amberg Atech CRS GP 1:45.600 1.639 15
26 Vittorio Ghirelli Addax Team 1:45.730 1.769 14
27 Nick Yelloly Atech CRS GP 1:45.864 1.903 15
28 Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 1:46.126 2.165 14
29 Daniel Mancinelli RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:47.390 3.429 4
30 Christophe Hurni Jenzer Motorsport 1:47.398 3.437 15