Newcomer Alexander Albon was the fastest man on track in Barcelona. The ART driver went quickest in the morning session, ahead of old hands Johnny Cecotto Jr. and Artem Markelov.
The testing sessions took place under clear skies and in blazing sunlight, and the focus of the teams was on simulating long runs. The laptimes tumbled down during the first hour of the morning session until a red flag due to a track inspection halted the proceedings. Afterwards, Albon claimed the top spot with a lap of 1:28.225 and remained in the top spot until the end of the session. Cecotto and Markelov made the jump up to second and third place, with the former being separated from Albon by two hundredths of a second.
Another red flag interrupted the session when Gustav Malja ran out of fuel and his car had to be removed from the track. The Racing Engineering driver had his time deleted as his car was judged to be underweight.
The red flag period late in the session made sure that the trio of Albon, Cecotto, and Markelov were unchallenged and they remained on top ahead of Nicholas Latifi, Norman Nato, Luca Ghiotto, Oliver Rowland, Antonio Fuoco, Jordan King, and Charles Leclerc who all remained within six tenths of Albon’s time.
The best laptime of the afternoon session was set by another rookie: While King had held the top spot for most of the session, Nyck de Vries jumped up to the top of the time sheets with a lap of 1:29.223. Fuoco settled into second place with a time of 1:29.601, separated from Leclerc in third place by only one thousandth of a second. Cecotto finished in fourth ahead of Roberto Merhi, Jordan King, Sergio Canamasas, Nabil Jeffri, Sean Gelael, and Ralph Boschung.