Lewis Hamilton had all but won his record-breaking eighth world title until a crash by Nicholas Latifi meant the safety car was called out with only four laps remaining.
Despite a significant lead for Hamilton, this meant that the race restarted on the final lap and the Brit lost any real advantage he had over Verstappen.
In fact, the Dutchman found himself able to overtake Hamilton - thanks to his new tyres - and claimed the dramatic victory.
Mercedes confirmed it had lodged two protests but both were rejected by officials on Sunday evening.
The team has since made clear their intentions to appeal against the decision relating to restarting the race for the last lap.
The decision and win for Verstappen led to huge outroar and debate on social media, with fans - as well as many celebrities and sportspersons - sharing their thoughts on the season finale.
Here is how Formula 1 fans reacted to Verstappen’s first world title...