Daniil Kvyat secured his first visit to a Formula 1 podium with a strong drive during the Hungarian Grand Prix, eventually ending the race with the second place trophy, the best ever result for a Russian in F1.
The Infiniti Red Bull Racing even survived a ten-second penalty handed to him for passing Lewis Hamilton with all four wheels off the circuit on the exit of turn four, despite the Mercedes driver being off the circuit as well as he struggled with a damaged front wing.
He dedicated his performance to Jules Bianchi and his family following the sad loss of the young Frenchman to his injuries suffered during last season’s Japanese Grand Prix.
“I am very happy with the results; it was a fantastic turn around in what was such an eventful race,” insisted Kvyat. “During the first stint, I thought my race was over because of the vibrations from the flat spot.
“But the car was really competitive during the last stint and we were able to finish very strongly. All the team deserves this double-podium, and all the guys back at the factory, everyone has kept pushing, and I want to say a big thank you to them.
“I am dedicating my race to Jules and his family; we lost a fantastic guy, our hearts and thoughts are with him and his family.”