Valtteri Bottas shrugged aside his wretched Imola weekend to set the pace at the end of first practice for Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Bottas struggled for pace a fortnight ago in the Emilia Romagna GP before his race was ended via a spectacular crash with Williams' George Russell.
Bottas' primary issues in Italy were tyre warm-up given the cool, wet conditions, but in the warmer climes of the Algarve, the Finn was back on the pace.
On Pirelli's soft tyres, Bottas posted a time of one minute 19.648secs around a circuit known as 'the rollercoaster' given its wild undulations, edging Red Bull's Verstappen by just 0.025s, despite the Dutch driver posting the fastest times across the first two sectors.
As for championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who holds a slender one-point lead over Verstappen in the standings, the seven-time title-winner had to settle for the fifth quickest time, finishing three-tenths of a second behind team-mate Bottas.
Verstappen's time, in particular, was set shortly after he had complained over the team radio about vibrations from his RB16B after taking to the soft tyres.
Verstappen backed out from his first flying lap as he said: "The tyres are vibrating so much I can't see where I'm going."
After being told to box if there was a safety concern, Verstappen replied: "I'll just visit the dentist after the weekend", before then just missing out on the leading time on the hot lap that followed.
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