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Maiden podium highlights Daniil Kvyat progress - Christian Horner

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Christian Horner says Daniil Kvyat's maiden podium at the Hungarian Grand Prix highlights the progression he has made at Red Bull after a slow start to the season.

Kvyat finished second at the dramatic Hungaroring race, something the Russian admitted he did not think was possible after flat-spotting his tyres on the first corner of the race. After replacing Sebastian Vettel this season Kvyat had a slow start to life at Red Bull but team boss Horner thinks finishing fourth in Monaco marked the turnaround for his campaign.

"I think really since Monaco he's just making more and more progress," Horner said. "I think he did a really good job today and he deserves his first podium. I think that's another tick in the box for him and he'll draw confidence from that. It's part of an upward trajectory for him, he's developing very nicely."

Kvyat finished ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on the podium after the Australian lost a shot at victory in a clash with Nico Rosberg. However, Kvyat's race was far from faultless, ending the race with a ten-second penalty for exceeding the limits of the track when overtaking Lewis Hamilton.

With the summer break set to start, Horner was asked to give his half-term report card for his drivers and admits Kvyat still has areas he can improve.

"I think Ricciardo's half term report is A+ to be honest with you and Daniil Kyvat needs to pay more attention to the rule book but he's getting there! After a slow-ish start which wasn't really all his fault; he missed the first grand prix, lots of reliability issues and failures.

"It could have got into his head a lot more than it did and testimony to him that he bounced back from it and got himself going. I'd say a very positive report for him going into the first break."