"I hope so because normally that means we can win the race," Verstappen said. "It's always tricky to say now. It's more important to get on the track, work on the balance of the car and see what can be improved.
"From there you naturally hope to be competitive and looking at the last races there is a chance that we will be competitive here.
"I don't think it's going to rain on Sunday", the Red Bull driver added when asked if he is hoping for wet conditions. "But I think it's fine if it stays dry. Last year we had a good race as well, so it doesn't matter."
Verstappen has scored two victories this year, but is yet to stand on the top step of the podium in the second half of the season.
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing