McLaren also seem to have strong pace, however, with both Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri looking very fast in the first two sectors of their fastest run, before aborting their laps and heading into the pits in a strange move.
That result is still George Russell's only victory in his young career, and his team-mate Lewis Hamilton completed a one-two for the team on that particular day, throwing it back to the glory days for Mercedes.
During Friday practice this year, the team once again looked to be in good form, with Russell finishing as Ferrari's nearest challengers in third, and Hamilton down in 12th on the medium tyre.
The times during this session may have been slightly swayed by the fact that different teams opted to use different tyres, with a packed schedule of racing coming up in the next few days.
Red Bull only ran the hard tyre, suggesting that both Verstappen and Sergio Perez may yet be right near the top during qualifying, once they have their soft tyres on.
With this weekend being yet another sprint weekend, the teams desperately needed to get in as many laps as possible during practice, to try and gain lots of information ahead of qualifying later on Friday.
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