Verstappen's qualifying pace was touchable only by team-mate Perez and the RB19's race pace was sublime.
There is every chance this car could win every race this year given the chasm in performance to its rivals - a daunting prospect for the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes.
Aston Martin embarrass rivals
First on the Scuderia and Silver Arrows' radar will be Aston Martin, who performed a miracle of sorts to secure a podium.
Alonso was at his very best in picking off Lewis Hamilton and Sainz in the race - his move on the Mercedes particularly sensational.
The performance of the still-recovering Lance Stroll to finish sixth and ahead of George Russell underlines the strength of the AMR23, which given the Silverstone factory upgrades are yet to be completed is an outstanding achievement.
There may not be a championship challenge this season, but with a wealth of aerodynamic testing time, this could be a set-up year for Aston Martin before a tilt in 2024.
Ferrari ghosts retrun
Another year, yet more pain for Ferrari as Charles Leclerc retired in the final third of the race.
The Monégasque looked to have settled for third with a comfortable gap back to team-mate Sainz, who was ahead of Alonso at the time, when a power unit failure left him stranded on the side of the road.
After the issues experienced with the engines last season, Ferrari fans could be forgiven for feeling empty after the opening race. Leclerc was already on his second energy store for the year after a swap before lights out.
This almost guarantees at least one grid penalty letter in the season. Ferrari's outlook is bleak.
That left Norris at the back of the field and although his pace behind Hamilton and Alonso when a lap down was cause for optimism, the fundamental issues for the Woking-based team leave it a long way behind its rivals.
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