The Crimson Bull driver led from begin to end within the race, ending Mercedes’ run of six consecutive wins on the Yas Marina Circuit circuit.
The 23-year-old held off Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton with ease, with the Mercedes duo beginning and ending in second and third respectively.
The win was Verstappen’s second victory of the season and tenth in his profession up to now.
“It was actually fulfilling on the market in the present day. We principally did all the pieces proper. Whenever you begin on the entrance, you’ll be able to management the tempo and it makes issues somewhat bit simpler,” he stated after the race.
“I’ll benefit from the podium and revel in going house.”
Verstappen’s teammate Alexander Albon completed in fourth regardless of mounting late stress behind Hamilton.
‘You possibly can’t win all of them’
It was a largely unexciting finish to what’s been a season like no different.
Like many sports activities, F1 was postponed earlier in 2020 because the world locked down in response to the pandemic. It will definitely resumed with a truncated schedule of 17 races.
The 35-year-old stated he was scuffling with the after-effects of Covid-19 heading into the race however managed to energy by the uneventful 55 laps.
“You possibly can’t win all of them,” he stated after the race.
“Contemplating the previous couple of weeks I’ve had, I am usually proud of how the weekend went, possibly inferior to maybe what we might have favored, however congratulations to Max.
“That was a extremely exhausting race for me bodily. All of the yr bodily I have been high quality however in the present day I undoubtedly wasn’t.”
Maybe the one pleasure within the race got here behind the quickest automobiles with McLaren and Racing Level bidding to complete third within the constructors’ championship.
The latter began the race 10 factors forward however suffered a blow after Sergio Perez was pressured to retire early on.
McLaren’s Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz went on to complete fifth and sixth to safe third place — the workforce’s finest end since 2012.
Groups will not have too lengthy to attend till they’re again on the monitor with simply 96 days till the brand new season is because of start.