Red Bull Racing's Daniil Kvyat says he has learned what it means to never give up en-route to his maiden F1 podium finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Kvyat had to give way to team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in the early stages, but finished ahead at the chequered flag after the Australian lost time following contact with Nico Rosberg.

That helped the Russian take his first podium and while he was hit with a 10-second time penalty for exceeding the track limits in the latter stages, when he passed Lewis Hamilton, it had no effect on the result and he still took second place.

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"After Turn 1 at the start I thought my race was over because I had such a massive flat-spot I could hardly stay on track," Kvyat recalled. "But the team told me to keep pushing and some people say, 'never give-up' and they don't know what they are saying, and until today, I didn't really know what it meant to be honest. Today I really learned what it means to never give up because it can always come your way.

"Thank-you to everyone. It has been a very tough year, tough race, everything, but I think as a team we all deserved this podium very much.

"I thank my team very much for this podium, but this podium goes first of all to Jules Bianchi and his family. We lost a great guy and a great driver. All my thoughts are with him."

Speaking later, Kvyat reiterated that his second place was very much for Bianchi: "It is fantastic to be on the podium for the first time. I can't describe what I feel today. I think first of all though this second place goes to Jules Bianchi and his family. We lost a great guy, a fantastic person and a great driver.

"It was a race where everything happened for me. After the start I thought my race was over because I had a massive flat-spot. We were discussing with the team if we should box straight away or not. But we decided to stay out and then we had a stint on the prime.

"Then something picked up and it was going in the right direction in the second half of the race. I then found myself in second place and I definitely learnt never to give up, whatever happens. It is a great lesson today. We have been having such a hard year and I think all the guys in the team have been working so hard. They all deserve this so much."