Verstappen had already won his third consecutive world title in Saturday's Sprint but the celebrations certainly didn't hamper his performance as the Dutchman delivered yet another faultless drive.
Having led from pole, Verstappen spent nearly all of the 57 laps out front alone and he romped home to claim his 14th win of an entirely dominant 2023 season.
McLaren gain more ground on Aston Martin
McLaren's impressive mid-season revival continued as Sprint winner Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris displayed great pace throughout, joining Verstappen on the podium for the second time in as many races.
Their impressive upturn since Silverstone in July has seen them close the gap on Aston Martin to just 11 points in the constructors' championship.
Starting from the second and third on the grid, Russell and Hamilton had a good opportunity to expand their lead over Ferrari in the constructors' championship and for Hamilton to close the gap to Sergio Perez in the drivers' standings.
However, those hopes were dashed at the first corner as the pair collided when they attempted to make a move on Verstappen.
I’ve watched the replay and it was 100% my fault and I take full responsibility. Apologies to my team and to George.
Hamilton pulled alongside Russell on the outside, and as he tried to pass, their wheels touched, causing Hamilton to spin into the gravel. Both drivers expressed frustration over the radio, but Hamilton later apologised to the team, while Russell made a strong recovery from last place to finish fourth.
Tyre talk dominates in Qatar
Across the weekend, Pirelli found that their tyres were susceptible to failure at high speeds over the kerbs at the Losail Circuit.
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