The Dutchman, who wrapped up the title final month in Japan with 4 races to spare, was unchallenged as he led from pole place to the chequered flag.
He crossed the road 8.7 seconds forward of Leclerc, who having made only one cease, held on to second forward of Verstappen’s two-stopping crew mate Sergio Perez to edge him of their battle for second.
The pair had gone into the race degree on factors with Leclerc forward on a countback of wins.
Sunday’s victory was the thirty fifth of Verstappen’s profession and second in a row on the Yas Marina observe.
Nonetheless, in contrast to final season, it was simple and with out controversy.
Carlos Sainz was fourth for Ferrari forward of Mercedes racer George Russell, who served a five-second time penalty for an unsafe launch from his pitstop.
Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton had his hopes of retaining intact his file of successful a race each season dashed by a hydraulics failure.
The Briton pulled in to the pits to retire on the fifty fifth of the race’s 58 laps.
Sebastian Vettel scored the ultimate level in tenth on what has been an emotional swansong weekend for the Aston Martin driver.
The German raced onerous from his ninth-place grid spot however a protracted first stint compromised him and dropped him down the sector.
He signed off with some tyre smoking donuts on the start-finish straight.
Daniel Ricciardo took factors in his final race for McLaren with a ninth-place end.
Fernando Alonso, changing Vettel at Aston Martin subsequent 12 months, failed to complete his final race for Alpine.
Mick Schumacher, out of a drive subsequent season after being changed by Nico Hulkenberg at Haas, completed sixteenth forward of crew mate Kevin Magnussen.
He survived contact with Williams driver Nicholas Latifi that tipped each automobiles right into a synchronised spin.