Christian Horner believes Daniil Kvyat missed out on the chance of a podium in the British Grand Prix because of a spin, but praised his performance during the Silverstone race as he continues to make gains in the overall standings.

The Russian endured a difficult start to his life at Red Bull Racing, but has struck form of late, beginning with a career-best fourth place finish in the Monaco Grand Prix, which was complemented by his run to sixth at Silverstone in dicey conditions.

Though Kvyat's results have been hampered by Red Bull's inconsistent performances at various venues, the second-year driver has established himself as a match for more experienced team leader Daniel Ricciardo recently.

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Indeed, Horner was particularly impressed with Kvyat's efforts in the Silverstone race, which saw him dicing with the Ferraris, while he believes a spin in difficult conditions prevented him from tackling Sebastian Vettel for the podium.

"For the first time since Monaco we were in the race, racing the Ferraris, Kvyat made a very good move on Seb into Luffield and then we were really focused on a one-stop strategy because we weren't sure if Ferrari were going to do two. Kvyat seemed to have very good pace,

"Dani had a spin on his in-lap, and lost 10-12secs, plus the deteriorating circuit. Without that I think we would have been pushing Sebastian for a podium.

"Overall it has been a positive weekend in that the car has made a forward step, I think the layout of the circuit was always likely to play to our strengths. The other thing that reassures us is when you do get a bit of variable conditions, Kvyat was the quickest car on track in the last few laps on inters.

"When the rain came and he was on slicks, for periods of time he was the quickest guy on circuit. When things get balanced out a little, it is great to see flashes of real potential. Ultimately, sixth could have been better but it could have been a lot worse."