Lewis Hamilton has said he wants more races like the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix with other teams battling at the front.
Gracious in defeat after finishing second to Max Verstappen at Silverstone, Hamilton said he hoped to see Red Bull challenge Mercedes at future races.
Speaking in the post-race press conference at Silverstone, Hamilton said: "I think it’s great for… as I said before, I want to have races where they’re challenging like today so I’m excited to watch this race.
"Obviously the Red Bull seems to be quite close in race conditions to us and obviously today is stronger so it shows they don’t have as bad a package as perhaps people had said in the past but I think it’s good.
"It will be interesting to see the progression through the rest of the year and I definitely will not overlook them."
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has intimated that he views Red Bull as genuine title contenders, and Hamilton agreed, adding: "I think we’ve got to keep a close eye on them and keep working to push forwards because I don’t think it’s going to be easy by any means.
"But I don’t think my team has that mentality anyway so we just keep our heads down.
"I was hopeful today that maybe we would have that – wishful thinking, but hoping to have some sort of race towards the end, but maybe in the future we will get to have some, a bit more."
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