Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton said Mercedes’ form in Hungary on Sunday had fuelled his hopes of a first Formula One win of the season when he returns from the August break.
The Briton finished second ahead of team mate George Russell at the Hungaroring, with the pair chalking up their second successive double podium.
“If we are able to take this pace into the second half of the season, for sure we can start to fight with the guys,” Hamilton told reporters, saying second place behind Red Bull winner Max Verstappen was “hugely satisfying”.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to fight and battle with Ferrari.
“That’s huge for us,” added the 37-year-old, who started seventh after suffering a problem with his rear wing Drag Reduction System in qualifying.
The reigning champions are now just 30 points behind Ferrari and, with the Italian team’s challenge imploding, could even snatch second from the Maranello-based outfit in the overall standings. The season resumes in Belgium on August 28.