Both Verstappen and Leclerc appeared to have good starts, but in the first corner, Verstappen pushed the Ferrari driver off to take the lead.
Leclerc lodged complaints, arguing that Verstappen should give the space back. However, five second penalty was imposed instead, as the Dutchman had already built a two-second gap ahead of the Ferrari.
However, Sky Sports F1 pundit Martin Brundle disagreed with the penalty imposed on Verstappen, claiming that the Dutchman should have been required to give the position back.
The former driver argued that given Verstappen's dominance in past races, a five-second penalty holds little significance for him as he can quickly pull away.
“In a way, I feel that position should be given back,” said Brundle. “Because five seconds, he’s already got a two second lead on him and track position can control the race from there.
“If they have decided he has done something wrong, I'm not sure that's a stiff enough penalty."
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.