Sergio Perez bemoaned his luck after failing to reach the top five in the British Grand Prix.
The Mexican started only 15th on the grid after another lacklustre qualifying performance and was hindered on the opening lap after being forced wide by Alpine's Esteban Ocon.
Another close call came when the Red Bull driver made a move on Nico Hulkenberg's Haas in the early stages of the race, which ended with Perez clipping the German's front wing at the Village-Loop complex.
But despite making slow progress, an ill-timed Safety Car for his strategy left him able to finish only sixth.
Addressing his race, Perez told media, including RacingNews365.com: "Nothing worked.
"I had a great launch but I was pushed off by Ocon on lap one, I lost positions so it just made my recovery harder.
"I used too much of my tyres on that first stint and then I pitted three laps before the Safety Car, I think. So it just wasn't meant to be.
"We gave it all and we did what we possibly could."
On his collision with Hulkenberg, Perez added: "I was lucky not to get a puncture - it was a racing incident."
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Perez's latest setback whilst teammate Max Verstappen secured another victory has seen the gap in the Drivers' championship stretch to 99 points after just 10 races.
Further detailing his struggles, Perez explained: "It was really hard to make progress, especially at the end when everyone was on the same tyre age, there was no tyre delta.
"Following through high speed was quite tricky. When you want to follow, you lose the downforce.
"If we had a little more luck, we would have finished a little higher."