Lewis Hamilton called on Max Verstappen to bring on the title fight after the Dutchman won the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.
World champion Hamilton struggled with his tyres to finish in second place, while Verstappen produced a sure-footed performance to move within 30 points of the Mercedes man after five rounds.
Hamilton was delighted Verstappen has shaken up a season that has been all about Mercedes’ dominance, saying: ‘It’s great. I want to have races when they’re challenging, like today.
‘Obviously the Red Bull seems to be quite close in race conditions to us. It’s good. It will be interesting to see their progression through the rest of the year.
‘We will keep a close eye on them. I don’t think it’s going to be easy by any means. My team don’t have that mentality anyway.’
Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished third, also hampered by his tyres on a relatively hot track.