Martin Brundle feels that Max Verstappen has demonstrated that is the "real deal" following his dominant victory at Sunday's Monaco GP.
Verstappen took the lead of the Drivers' Championship for the first time in his Formula 1 career after Lewis Hamilton finished down in seventh place. Brundle thinks that Verstappen has changed his driving style to challenge Hamilton over a 23-race season.
"It was a mature and composed drive to an easy victory for the Dutchman," Brundle wrote in his Sky Sports post-race column. "He's the real deal now in that he takes risks when the rewards are high and crucial, but he otherwise plays the percentage game.
"He was livid when Leclerc's crash denied him of what he felt was a genuine pole position lap but, by Sunday, he was serene. No 'win it or bin it' from today's Verstappen, which means he's a genuine title contender."
Red Bull also went to the top of the Constructors' Championship for the first time since 2013 as Sergio Perez recovered to fourth in Monaco. Verstappen believes that Red Bull must continue to work hard to retain their lead in both championships.
“Of course it’s great to bounce back after the last two races where of course the gap got bigger," Verstappen told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. “We still have to work hard because we know that Mercedes on normal tracks are still the ones to beat.