Such is his advantage, the Dutchman can afford to finish third at the remaining eight grands prix, Leclerc win them all with fastest-lap point and take victory in the sprint at São Paulo, and still not be caught by the Ferrari driver.
Of course, both Verstappen and Red Bull are broadcasting the message that the championship is far from over, but with eight races to go, it would take a spectacular implosion for this to again become a competition.
In Belgium, Verstappen was on another planet from every other driver and this was recognised by his rivals.
To start 14th and still take the chequered flag is incredible, with his performance rated by team principal Christian Horner as good as any of Sebastian Vettel's triumphs from Red Bull's previous dominant spell.
It may not have been the most entertaining of races to watch once Verstappen gained the outright lead on lap 18, but this really was a statement win akin to those of Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher before him.
Mercedes began the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps hopeful that engine penalties for Verstappen, Leclerc and a number of other drivers could present it with the team's best chance of a win this season.
Instead, the weekend ended in disaster for Hamilton - more on that in a moment - with both he and team principal Toto Wolff delivering crushing verdicts on the W13 across the event.
A margin of 1.8 seconds to Verstappen in qualifying highlighted Mercedes' struggles, with tyre warm-up in the cool temperatures a huge problem, one that could again be evident this weekend in the Dutch GP.
The new technical directive was widely expected to pull Mercedes into the mix, but this was far from the case.
The races are running out for Mercedes to avoid a first winless season since 2011.
Alonso-Hamilton bad blood remains
As we mentioned, Hamilton's race ended in disaster, which was self-inflicted as the seven-time champion reflected when speaking as the race continued around him.
The Mercedes driver was challenging Fernando Alonso for second at Les Combes on lap one, only to squeeze the Spaniard too hard, with the inevitable contact sending him up into the air and onto the run-off.
The resulting damage to his W13 caused him to retire before completing a lap but then the words began to fly.
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