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The London-born Thai will take George Russell's seat following confirmation of the British driver's deal to join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes in 2022.
Verstappen earned his fourth career pole to deny Hamilton his 99th, edging out the world champion by .39 seconds on his final attempt.
For Honda's final season as engine supplier, the manufacturer has given Red Bull an all new power unit under the bonnet of a car that shares much with its 2020 predecessor. But despite the similarities "under the skin the RB16B features plenty of changes", Red Bull said.
Formula 1 2020: Racing Point's Sergio Perez bids tearful farewell after engine failure wrecks Abu Dhabi GP
"It is sad to be leaving the team this way," said Perez, who said he retained hopes of staying in Formula One with Red Bull, if they chose him as a replacement for Alex Albon.
Formula 1 2020: With future up in the air, Racing Point's Sergio Perez eyeing job at hand at Abu Dhabi GP
Perez may be without a seat in 2021 as four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel replaces him after leaving Ferrari.
Formula 1 2020: Substitute George Russell upstages Valtteri Bottas to top Sakhir Grand Prix practices
Russell outpaced second-placed Verstappen of Red Bull by 0.323 seconds while Bottas struggled to deliver a clean timed lap and wound up down in 11th
Formula 1 2020: Alexander Albon advises officials to define track limits after struggling in Emilia-Romagna GP qualifying
In a topsy-turvy qualifying session, the under-pressure Albon grabbed sixth place on the grid with a last-gasp lap on soft tyres after his first run on mediums was disallowed.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate and nearest title rival Valtteri Bottas was third, nearly half a second off the pace, ahead of Pierre Gasly of Alpha Tauri and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Albon has struggled for consistency in his second year in Formula One with Red Bull after a mid-season switch from Toro Rosso last year, his rookie season.
Formula 1 2020: Eight drivers summoned by stewards over Lewis Hamilton near-miss during Italian GP practice
As a result of the incident, when Hamilton changed direction at around 300 kph, he was summoned along with Nicholas Latifi, Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez, Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll, Alex Albon and Carlos Sainz to explain what happened.
Verstappen clocked a best lap in one minute and 43.744 seconds to outpace the Australian by 0.048 seconds, leaving championship leader Lewis Hamilton down in third for Mercedes, 0.096 adrift of the pace-setter.
It was the world championship leader and six-time champion's fifth win in Spain and his fourth in consecutive years, extending his record run of finishes in the points to 39.
Formula 1: Max Verstappen tells George Russell to mind his own business after Hungarian GP qualifiers
Verstappen was on pole in Hungary last year and had been seen as a contender for victory on Sunday but Red Bull have struggled.
Williams driver George Russell registers fourth successive victory in virtual Grand Prix series ahead of Formula 1 season resumption
Williams driver George Russell took his fourth successive virtual Formula One victory on Sunday in the last race before the real season starts in Austria in July.
Daruvala finished an impressive third in the Formula 3 Championship last season, missing out on the second spot by just one point
Formula 1 announce auction for Australian bushfire relief, items to include players' gear, meet-and-greet experiences
Formula 1 said in a statement that drivers, teams, partners and the governing body were contributing exclusive items and experiences to be auctioned from Wednesday and running through to 16 February
Formula 1: Thailand's Alex Albon rewarded for impressive performances with Red Bull second driver spot for 2020 season
Alex Albon — who will play second fiddle to the audacious Max Verstappen — sits in sixth spot overall with 84 points ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix
Formula 1 2019: Lewis Hamilton bags sixth world title at US Grand Prix, closes in on Michael Schumacher's tally
Lewis Hamilton clinched his sixth world title, but not in the style he hoped for on Sunday when he finished second behind his triumphant Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in an eventful United States Grand Prix
Formula 1 2019: 'Not our weekend, bring on America,' says Max Verstappen after finishing sixth at Mexican Grand Prix
Max Verstappen had mixed emotions on Sunday after a stirring drive from the back of the field to finish sixth at the Mexican Grand Prix.
Formula 1 2019: Alex Albon's chances of driving for Red Bull in 2020 take hit after crashing in Friday practice
Alex Albon has outscored teammate and team leader Max Verstappen since the summer break, but still doesn't have a deal to keep him with the team next season