The Dutchman, who started fourth, crossed the line just half a second ahead of Leclerc, who holds the title in the championship, after leading Ferrari one and two in the opening race in Bahrain last week.
Spain’s Carlos Sainz finished third for the Italian team.
“Wow, that was close, wow, amazing! Red Bull boss Christian Horner told Verstappen on the radio.
“Well done, Max great, great job,” he added.
The victory was the 21st in Verstappen’s career and earned him his first points of the year after Red Bull’s double retirement in Bahrain.
His teammate Sergio Perez, who finished fourth, failed to turn his first pole in his career into a victory after the Mexican campaign was withdrawn by the security car.
George Russell finished fifth for the tough Mercedes ahead of Alpine Esteban Ocon, who finished McLaren’s Lando Norris sixth with just 0.1 seconds.
Lewis Hamilton, winner of Saudi Arabia’s first competition last year, made it to 10th place after starting in 15th place.
Verstappen wins Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – SABC News
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