Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest, ahead of the surprising Haas of Romain Grosjean in fifth.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was sixth and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz seventh.
The Racing Point of Sergio Perez, returning after a two-race absence because he contracted coronavirus, was eighth fastest, from Renault’s Esteban Ocon and Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who has a new chassis this weekend after a crack was discovered in his old one after the last race at Silverstone, was 12th, 0.3secs behind Leclerc.
And Red Bull’s Alex Albon was 0.8secs off team-mate Verstappen in 13th.