Reaction from the Hungarian Grand Prix after Max Verstappen produced a near-perfect lap to take the first pole position of his Formula One career on Saturday.
Valtteri Bottas qualified in second place ahead of his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton.
GMM reports that Max Verstappen is a genuine contender for the 2019 world championship.
That is the view of Toto Wolff, after Red Bull driver Verstappen in Hungary added his first ever pole to his run of impressive recent form.
Verstappen is 63 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
"There are still 260 points available for a driver, so the mathematics tells us that we must take Max seriously," Mercedes team boss Wolff said.
"We are also not writing off Ferrari. We must increase the pressure in order to stay ahead."
Earlier, Ferrari was Mercedes' biggest rival for the title. But Wolff now acknowledges that Red Bull is riding a wave.
"Red Bull has always had one of the best chassis, and Honda has made a big leap forward," he said.