Daniel Ricciardo labelled his British Grand Prix as "lonely" and "boring" as he finished adrift of the leading trio in fourth position.
Ricciardo dived into the pits to change from Wet to Intermediate tyres, hoping to profit as Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen stayed out.
However, the Virtual Safety Car was implemented when Pascal Wehrlein spun off at Abbey and the lead trio were permitted to minimise their time loss when they also dived into the pits.
It left Ricciardo significantly behind the top three and he ultimately wound up in fourth spot, having passed Force India's Sergio Perez during the race.
"I think for the team and for the points it was really good," Ricciardo said as Red Bull closed to within six points of Ferrari.
"Obviously we gained a bit on Ferrari which is nice, but for me it was lonely and a bit boring.
"We lost a lot of time with the Virtual Safety Car and that was just bad luck. This was out of our hands and there’s nothing we could have done different.
"It just came at the wrong time for me and we lost the position to Perez and then more than 10 seconds behind the leaders.
"Then not stopping again for the rest of the race you can’t catch this much. When the pace in the front is what it is you can get a tenth here or there but not half a second per lap."