Lewis Hamilton says the final laps of the British Grand Prix was Formula 1 "at its best" as he, Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez traded places.
The home hero delivered a sublime drive for his fans on the day that Carlos Sainz made history as Spain's second-ever Grand Prix winner.
The Silverstone fans left the track with Hamilton on their lips after a stunning drive that could, on another day, have seen him score another home win.
"That was very reminiscent of the karting days and I feel that is Formula 1 at its best," he raved, speaking to select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.
"We were able to follow and dice lap on lap. It's a testament to the direction that we've going in now, and I was just grateful that I could be in the battle. I haven't been in that fight for a while."
Hamilton: We're not far away now
Besides George Russell, who suffered a Lap 1 retirement, the British Grand Prix weekend was a positive one for all at Mercedes with their W13 showing impressive speed.
"I think it's encouraging that, as I said, we were in the fight," continued Hamilton. "There were times where, for a good period of time, I was matching the Ferraris pace and even bettering it at some stages.
"And we got the quickest lap at the end, for example, which is nothing we've been able to do this year.
"We had an upgrade this weekend and I think the race pace is definitely improved. That's been our strongest part of our car, I think this year in general, but it's it's definitely helped us get a little bit closer.
"I don't think we're in the winning position yet - but we're not far away."
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