Red Bull Racing felt the heat in Kuala Lumpur as they picked up just three points at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Daniil Kvyat came home ninth, one spot ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in an afternoon that simply lacked pace.
From the moment the light went out, Ricciardo, who started fourth, and Kvyat in fifth dropped down the order - hardly helped by an early safety car which shuffled the pack.
The pair were never far apart on track. In fact, on lap 18, Kvyat pounced to overtake his team-mate for 10th place.
His progress was halted though when he was punted into a spin by Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg seven laps later.
In the closing stages, Kvyat was allowed through in a bid to pick up ninth place though frustratingly for the Tilbrook-based squad, both finished behind sister team Toro Rosso.
Former Red Bull man Sebastian Vettel led the way to take his first victory for Ferrari ahead of the Mercedes, and lapped both Ricciardo and Kvyat with three laps to go.
Kvyat’s first points of the season put him 13th in the standings, while Ricciardo’s solitary point sees him drop from sixth to eighth in the standings.
Red Bull Racing sit sixth in the constructors’ championship.