Daniil Kvyat continued his "upward trajectory" at the Hungarian GP, much to the delight of Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.
Following a sluggish start to the 2015 season where he was well beaten by team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, many wondered if his promotion from a Toro Rosso seat to the Red Bull team came too early in his Formula 1 career.
However, he has turned things around and has outscored Ricciardo in the last five races, picking up 40 points to the Australian's 26, with his best display coming in Budapest on Sunday with a career-best second place.
"I think really since Monaco he's just making more and more progress," Horner said. "I think he did a really good job and he deserves his first podium. I think that's another tick in the box for him and he'll draw confidence from that. It's part of an upward trajectory for him, he's developing very nicely."
Ricciardo has a six-point advantage over Kvyat heading into the summer break and Horner admits the Australian deserves an "A " while the Russian also has a "very positive report".
"I think Ricciardo's half term report is A to be honest with you and Daniil Kyvat needs to pay more attention to the rule book but he's getting there! After a slow-ish start which wasn't really all his fault; he missed the first grand prix, lots of reliability issues and failures.
"It could have got into his head a lot more than it did and testimony to him that he bounced back from it and got himself going. I'd say a very positive report for him going into the first break."