A late rain shower cost Daniil Kvyat a maiden F1 podium, according to Red Bull boss Christian Horner, with the Russian coming home sixth at Silverstone on Sunday.
The typically British summer weather played a key role in the outcome of the British Grand Prix, with a downpour late on forcing the teams to pit late for intermediate tyres.
Kvyat, like most of the field, left it a lap too late to change and found themselves tip-toeing around the circuit to make it back safely.
Race winner Lewis Hamilton and former Red Bull ace Sebastian Vettel appeared to gamble on changing to intermediates a lap earlier than the rest of the field, but as the rain intensified, it played into their hands.
Kvyat spun on his in-lap, costing him around 12 seconds, though Horner believes if he’d pitted a lap earlier, he’d have been in a battle with Vettel for the final podium spot.
As it was, he finished sixth
“Dany drove a great race,” Horner said. “All weekend he has done a good job.
“He possibly could have been in contention for a podium if we had pitted him earlier when he was fighting with Sebastian (Vettel), and he also spun on his in-lap, but nonetheless, he drove a very strong race.”
Kvyat was delighted with his race, and more points in the bag.
He said: “We were really competitive today, the race was really fun, a little crazy with the rain, and I was enjoying myself.
“The team have done a great job and the car is handling really well.
“We will keep pushing to improve and move forward over the next few races.”
It was considerably less enjoyable for team-mate Daniel Ricciardo though. Once again beaten by his younger team-mate in qualifying, Ricciardo was forced into retirement with electrical failure.
He said: ““I was really optimistic and excited for this weekend but it didn’t work out for us on the day. We suffered an electrical problem which forced us to retire. I could feel the loss of power going into turn 7, we tried circulating for a few laps to try and fix it, we also tried to reboot the engine in the pits but unfortunately it didn’t work.
“The last few races haven’t been kind to us but that’s racing. We have some time off to look forward to and we’ll go into Hungary a little more hopeful as the track there should suit us better.”