Daniel Ricciardo feels it was a 'step forward', in addition to the nature of the Hungaroring circuit, that allowed Red Bull Racing to enjoy its most competitive race weekend of the 2015 season.

Red Bull finally broke its seasonal podium duck during the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo bringing their cars home in second and third respectively.

Though his final result was hurt by his late clash with Nico Rosberg whilst battling in the lead group, Ricciardo was delighted to see Red Bull Racing back to the fore in terms of competitiveness but played down the assertion that it was down entirely to the high downforce nature of the circuit.

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"I think that what's been the most positive thing is from Friday morning, first run on the track, the car felt good. I think it's the first race in a long time where we haven't really touched the balance throughout the weekend.

"We haven't been chasing our tail, the car had more feeling about it this weekend, at least from my side. I felt like I could dictate the balance a bit more and position the car more where I wanted to. Even comparing to last year I thought we definitely made some progress.

"Even though for sure this circuit suits our car more, I did feel like we've taken a step forward and the updates and everything we brought over the last two races, we made them work in the right way this weekend so definitely a lot of positives and yeah, it's nice to have I guess a smile on both of our faces but also the team, give them some positivity coming into the break now."

Ricciardo remains seventh in the F1 standings, but is now only six points clear of new team-mate Kvyat.