Verstappen set comfortably the fastest lap in Free Practice 2, his 1:05.412s more than three tenths clear of second-placed Daniel Ricciardo.
“In the second practice Lewis had a faster lap time that was deleted so it looks a bit different to what is shown at the moment on the timesheets but we expect to see both teams at the top,” said Verstappen.
“The weather forecast looks like it is changing all the time, so let's see what it is actually like tomorrow, but I think it will be a very tight battle again.”
“We're a little bit down, particularly over a single lap, but generally the car felt relatively solid,” said the seven-time champion.
“I'm happy with where we've got the car to, I've been working hard all week trying to figure out where I want the car and I hope the hard work starts paying off soon.
“Red Bull are throwing some good punches at the moment so we've just got to have our guard up and make sure we're ready for the return.”
Verstappen holds a 14-point buffer over nearest threat Hamilton in the standings, with Red Bull's Sergio Perez holding third.