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Gutierrez fastest in Valencia practice

Esteban GutierrezCurrent GP3 points leader Esteban Gutierrez has started this weekend's Valencia round off by topping the times in this afternoon's free practice session.

The Mexican managed a best lap of 1m59.459s to leave him 0.266s clear of ART team-mate Alexander Rossi, with Carlin's Dean Smith just behind him.

Formula 3 Euro Series regular Roberto Merhi, who is making his GP3 debut, managed fourth-quickest for Atech, ahead of Manor's James Jakes and MW Arden's Michael Christensen.

The only moment of drama in an otherwise uneventful session came in the final minutes, when Addax's Mirko Bortolotti came to a stop in the middle of the main straight. The Italian's stricken car was removed under yellows.

Pos Driver                  Team         Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Esteban Gutierrez       ART          1m59.459s           11
 2. Alexander Rossi         ART          1m59.725s  +0.266   13
 3. Dean Smith              Carlin       1m59.818s  +0.359   14
 4. Roberto Merhi           Atech CRS    1m59.847s  +0.388   14
 5. James Jakes             Manor        1m59.856s  +0.397   13
 6. Michael Christensen     MW Arden     1m59.927s  +0.468   14
 7. Josef Newgarden         Carlin       2m00.007s  +0.548   14
 8. Miki Monras             MW Arden     2m00.037s  +0.578   14
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne        Tech 1       2m00.069s  +0.610   12
10. Nico Muller             Jenzer       2m00.219s  +0.760   15
11. Robert Wickens          Status       2m00.328s  +0.869   13
12. Stefano Coletti         Tech 1       2m00.357s  +0.898   13
13. Simon Trummer           Jenzer       2m00.486s  +1.027   15
14. Nigel Melker            Mucke        2m00.514s  +1.055   13
15. Doru Sechelariu         Tech 1       2m00.518s  +1.059   13
16. Mirko Bortolotti        Addax        2m00.705s  +1.246   12
17. Felipe Guimaraes        Addax        2m00.709s  +1.250   13
18. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs     Manor        2m00.714s  +1.255   12
19. Daniel Morad            Status       2m00.737s  +1.278   14
20. Rio Haryanto            Manor        2m00.774s  +1.315   14
21. Oliver Oakes            Atech CRS    2m00.850s  +1.391   14
22. Pablo Sanchez           Addax        2m00.931s  +1.472   13
23. Lucas Foresti           Carlin       2m01.084s  +1.625   13
24. Pedro Nunes             ART          2m01.169s  +1.710   13
25. Tobias Hegewald         Mucke        2m01.241s  +1.782   13
26. Pal Varhaug             Jenzer       2m01.492s  +2.033   14
27. Renger van der Zande    Mucke        2m01.506s  +2.047   12
28. Ivan Lukashevich        Status       2m01.889s  +2.430   15
29. Vittorio Ghirelli       Atech CRS    2m02.039s  +2.580   14
30. Leonardo Cordeiro       MW Arden     2m02.223s  +2.764   14
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