After the Monaco Grand Prix victory, Helmut Marko admitted that Max Verstappen “reached a different status of maturity” in Formula 1.

The Dutchman dominated the Monaco GP starting ahead of everyone since Charles Leclerc could not take part in the race due to a mechanical issue. Thanks to the win around the streets of the principality, the Dutch driver also took the lead of the standings for the first time in his Formula 1 career.

Max had to keep Valtteri Bottas behind for the first part of the race, but when a problem during the pit stop forced the Finnish to retire, Max only watched in front of him since no one could get close to his Red Bull car.

Marko was astonished by how Max controlled the race and he praised him saying that he “reached another level of maturity”.

“He has certainly reached a different level of maturity,” Marko said. “We kept him on his toes with fuel modes and such. He had to understand quite a lot.

“When he started asking who had the fastest lap and with what time, we immediately blocked him and told him: ‘Forget all that!’”

Not only Max wanted the win, but his goal was also to set the fastest lap. However, since Lewis Hamilton stopped for a second time to fit a set of soft tires to get the fastest lap, Red Bull told Verstappen to stay focused and win the race since the fastest lap was out of reach.

Even though Lewis managed to gain the extra point of the fastest lap, Max managed to steal the lead of the drivers’ championship by winning his first race in the principality.

Helmut Marko said that winning in Monaco certainly adds value to Max Verstappen’s career.

“We haven’t had a podium here yet [with Max], although we’ve had a car that can win twice – Ricciardo proved that, after all,” Marko said.

“I think that gives him another boost of relief. It should make his performances even more confident and controlled.

“That was also very, very important for the future.”

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