Daniel Ricciardo limped home to ninth place and two points as Red Bull Racing’s struggles continued in China on Sunday.
In a miserable weekend for the Tilbrook squad, Daniil Kvyat suffered engine failure after 17 laps as he retired from his second race out of three.
Ricciardo’s afternoon started poorly. From seventh on the grid, he stuttered off the line and dropped to 18th by the first corner.
Kvyat, who started 12th, was also slow off the line and was soon dicing with his team-mate for 14th place - a battle Ricciardo eventually won.
But it wasn’t long before Kvyat’s afternoon would come to an end in a plume of smoke.
“We can all assume what the problem was,” said the Russian. “I just saw smoke coming out of the car and had to stop immediately.
“It doesn’t look good to have finished one race out of three, but we have to all stay strong. We hope we can soon overcome these problems.”
Ricciardo continued to work his way up through the field, but struggled to make a passing move on 10th place Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson stick. After several bites of the cherry, he eventually got one to hold but he was too far adrift of Felipe Nasr to mount a challenge.
He picked up ninth spot when Max Verstappen’s engine blew with three laps remaining, ending the race under safety car conditions.