Double podium shows Red Bull are still a top team

Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat celebrate the double podium in Hungary.
Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat celebrate the double podium in Hungary.

Red Bull Racing go into the summer break in good spirits after a double podium in Hungary - their first silverware of the 2015 season.

As drama unfolded throughout the 69 lap race in Budapest, Daniil Kvyat kept his powder dry and avoided the carnage to take his first F1 rostrum finish in second, but it could have been even better for team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian, who won the same race back in 2014, could well have challenged Sebastian Vettel for the win around the tight Hungaroring circuit but for a late collision with championship leader Lewis Hamilton, and an incident with Nico Rosberg, forcing him to pit late on for a new front wing.

But the result should not be mistaken for a leap forward in performance from the team from Tilbrook.

In high downforce conditions, the RB11’s shortcomings are noticeably masked. Both Kvyat and Ricciardo performed well at Monaco, with Ricciardo taking the battle to Hamilton in third in the closing stages. The sub-par Renault power unit isn’t much of a hindrance around circuits of a tight, twisty nature, so it may not be until Singapore in late September before Red Bull may threaten the podium again.

But while the first half of the season hasn’t brought about many headline grabbing moments, there are things for boss Christian Horner to smile about.

Daniil Kvyat can't hide his delight with his first podium finish.

Daniil Kvyat can't hide his delight with his first podium finish.

Arguably the biggest plus for him is the performance of Kvyat. Thrown in at the deep end after Vettel’s surprise departure last season, the Russian struggled in the early races, but that was largely down to the uncompetitive nature of the RB11, as echoed by Ricciardo who found life equally as tough.

But beating his race-winning team-mate in four of the last five races, Kvyat is proving he is certainly no slouch against the driver who came third in last year’s world championship standings.

There is also a level of understanding among the F1 circus that Red Bull’s problems aren’t entirely of their own doing, with Renault’s hugely underpowered engine their significant hindrance - as proven by results in Monaco and Hungary where power isn’t of the essence.

And that also shows the strength of the chassis too - the first in the post-Adrian Newey era, with the designer taking a back-seat this season but still on hand to advise.

Daniel Ricciardo on the podium in Hungary.

Daniel Ricciardo on the podium in Hungary.

There are now four weeks before the teams resume racing again, but Horner openly admits his team will struggle in Belgium and Italy - power circuits - due to their engine problems.

However, their performance in Hungary will certainly buoy the team and give them the confidence that they haven’t lost all of their previously all-conquering mojo.

Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat celebrate the double podium in Hungary.

Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat celebrate the double podium in Hungary.