Antonio Felix Da Costa has ended the first practice session of the day fastest, setting a 1.27.238 for Ds Techeetah.
The teams were focused on managing tyre wear and energy management during the session. Valencia will be the toughest track on energy management this season due to the fast sweeping corners and long straights.
Also, we saw a lot of tyre marbles on the exit of Turn 1 which could cause some trouble as the day progresses.
Maximilian Gunther had a strong start of the day for BMW after a tough opening four races for the BMW i Andretti team. The German was second fastest setting a 1.27.425
Oliver Rowland has kept up Nissan’s strong showing with their season six powertrain as the Brit ended the session third fastest with a 1.27.460
Jean-Eric Vergne was fourth for Ds Techeetah with Stoffel Vandoorne in fifth Mercedes.
Edoardo Mortara has kept up Venturi good start to the season by finishing the session in sixth.
Sébastien Buemi was seventh is the second Nissan e.dams car. Jake Dennis confirmed BMW’s potential for today’s race with a ninth place finish for the Brit.
Alexander Sims rounded out the top ten for Mahindra in tenth. The Brit was just ahead of his teammate Alexander Lynn.
Porsche and Jaguar were the two big surprises of the morning session, as they were both unable to make it into the top ten on full power laps.
Jaguar, who the lead the teams’ championship, ended the session in 15th for Sam Bird and 21st for Mitch Evans.
Andre Lotterer finished the session in 20th for the Porsche with Pascal Wehrlein in 12th.