The world champion started from pole and despite being overtaken at the start by Mercedes pairing George Russell and Hamilton, he kept his composure to win the three red flagged race with numerous crashes.
Hamilton returned home second, ahead of Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso, who has achieved three out of three podiums this year.
“We had a very poor start, on the first lap I was cautious, because I had something to lose,” said the Dutchman Verstappen.
“After that, the speed of the car increased. With these red flags, I don’t know, I really don’t understand. It was a bit of a mess, but we had good pace and we won, so that’s important.”
It was a disastrous day for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, last year’s winner, who spun on the first lap while Russell’s car caught fire on lap 19 and his race was also over.
The win was Verstappen’s first in Melbourne and Red Bull’s first in Australia since Sebastian Vettel’s triumph in 2011.
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Originally published as F1 Australian Grand Prix Driver Ratings: Who Starred and Who Failed in a Chaotic Race?