Mark Webber endured a difficult weekend in China and believes that his strategy could have worked out, despite starting from the pit lane.
Webber was demoted to the back of the grid after a fuel miscalculation during qualifying.
Webber started on the option tyres but switched to the primes at the end of the opening lap.
"The start of the race was going okay; we elected to get rid of the soft tyre quite quickly and then came back through the field pretty well," he said.
Webber's race begun to unravel when he made contact with Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne at Turn 6, for which he was later handed a three place grid penalty for next weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.
"Regarding the incident with Jean-Eric, I was coming from a reasonable distance behind, Jean-Eric was really wide, but when we came close to the apex he wanted to hit it, which he is entitled to do, but by then I was committed to the inside and the incident happened. It was a couple of laps before our pit stop window, so I had to come in early," he added.
Webber's encountered further, and terminal, problems at that stop.
"The guys thought the tyre was fixed when we left the stop, but it came off on the out lap. We have had a few problems this weekend; I think we could have done something from our start position today, but it wasn’t meant to be."
Red Bull was fined 5,000 Euros for the incident.