Sergio Perez improved on his Friday position to place fourth but trailed Verstappen by a sizeable seven-tenths of a second.
Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were fifth and sixth respectively, ahead of the Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, as neither teams displayed pace to suggest they can challenge for the very front of the grid in qualifying.
Russell completed the fewest laps of any driver after his W14 suffered damage to the right rear wheel shield.
Aston Martin’s regression to the rear of this group continued, with Fernando Alonso mustering only ninth, as Lance Stroll finished near the back, in front of just the struggling Pierre Gasly.
Alfa Romeo crept into the top 10 courtesy of Zhou Guanyu, with Valtteri Bottas one position further back, while Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon followed.