Verstappen made a second pit stop on lap 48 with the virtual Safety Car in place, Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes in second, and Russell in third.
Verstappen made light work of his grid penalties to win the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix starting from 15th position on the grid to win the race.
It was a "special moment," said Audi boss Markus Duesmann at a press conference ahead of the Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. "We will in 2026 start racing in F1," he said, reports DPA.
On the eve of the Belgian Grand Prix, as Formula 1 returns from its summer break, Ricciardo and McLaren announced they would complete the final nine races of the year together before going their separate ways.
This season, the Mercedes driver has had to settle for being the best of the rest, with his 2021 title rival Max Verstappen seemingly on course to retain his crown, according to DPA.
Aston Martin called Alono a "special talent", adding that it was very excited to "bring Fernando's incredible experience and brilliant pace and racecraft to the team".
Engine problems on Saturday condemned Verstappen to a midfield start, but the Dutchman swiftly made his way through the pack late on Sunday evening, aided by some slick pit work and clever strategy calls by his Red Bull team.
Leclerc appeared to be in command after taking the lead early from pole and withstanding a Verstappen onslaught before his race - and championship bid - took a dramatic turn on the 18th lap due to a costly unforced error.
The German's contract with Aston Martin expires at the end of this season, but he has kept his cards close regarding his future.