Lewis Hamilton believes McLaren's recent resurgence shows that Formula 1 is "exciting" despite Red Bull's dominance.
McLaren suffered from a difficult start to the season but turned things around in Austria and Britain, with both cars in the top three after qualifying at Silverstone, earning a podium during the race with Lando Norris.
The team is in the second stage of its big upgrade package, with the final updates due before the summer break as they look to change their fortunes.
Hamilton believes his former team's resurgence is a result of the current regulation package and speaking to media, including RacingNews365.com, the Mercedes driver said: "They deserved to have the performance they have, so we've got to do a better job.
"This is one of the most exciting times I think we've seen in the sport where we're finally starting to see the regs pull people closer.
"You've seen the Williams was up there with Albon, you've seen the McLarens now, the Astons, so we have a lot of teams getting very, very close - small gaps within qualifying - which is exactly what we need.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the year evolve."
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Hamilton showed his admiration for fellow Briton Lando Norris after their battle for second in the closing stages of the race after a Safety Car restart.
Mercedes had a clear tyre advantage with Hamilton on Softs and Norris on Hards, but the straight-line speed of the McLaren enabled the latter to stay ahead.
"The most impressive part was at the end following him [Lando]," said Hamilton.
"Honestly, it was amazing to watch how good his car was at high speed and I know that we've got some work to do to catch up."