Verstappen was second within the morning session at Istanbul Park, 0.425 behind his Mercedes rival, and solely fifth within the afternoon when he was slower than Mexican workforce mate Sergio Perez.
Hamilton can have a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race after exceeding his season’s engine allocation however Mercedes hope he’ll be capable to make up locations at a monitor with good overtaking alternatives.
The seven instances world champion lapped with a greatest time of 1 minute 23.804 seconds after main within the morning with 1:24.178.
Verstappen, two factors behind Hamilton with seven races remaining, was 0.635 slower within the second session on a transparent afternoon.
“We have a little bit little bit of a steadiness mish-mash in the intervening time,” Purple Bull workforce boss Christian Horner informed Sky Sports activities.
“And the circuit is lots grippier than it was final yr and we’re just a bit bit out of the window with Max on set-up.
“It should be a busy night time tonight, burning the midnight oil with the engineers and little doubt again in Milton Keynes as nicely … we all know we have got an excellent automobile so it is only a matter of stepping into that window. I do not assume we hit that immediately.”
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ended the day second and 0.166 off Hamilton’s time.
Purple Bull had been debuting a one-off, largely white, livery to honour departing engine associate Honda on what would have been the Japanese producer’s dwelling race weekend at their Suzuka circuit.
That race was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and changed by Turkey.
Hamilton’s workforce mate Valtteri Bottas, who will likely be anticipated to profit from the Briton’s penalty, was fourth and third respectively on a monitor with rather more grip than final yr’s slippery floor.
Spaniard Carlos Sainz was fifth for Ferrari within the morning, however he’ll begin Sunday’s race from the again of the grid as a result of penalties ensuing from a brand new upgraded energy unit in his automobile.
Esteban Ocon lapped sixth quickest for Alpine on exhausting tyres within the morning with McLaren’s Lando Norris, on pole on the earlier spherical in Russia and chief till he made the mistaken tyre name when rain fell late within the race, in seventh.
Norris was sixth within the afternoon with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso seventh.