A frustrated Daniel Ricciardo says being lapped by former team-mate Sebastian Vettel was the 'icing on the cake' as he endured a troubled Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.

Having qualified fourth in a rain-hit qualifying session, Ricciardo couldn't sustain a similar pace in the dry race and would spend a lot of his day fighting a rear-guard action after sustaining damage to the Red Bull's front-wing at the opening turn.

Finishing behind his team-mate Daniil Kvyat, as well as both 'sister' Toro Rossos, Ricciardo says he felt 'helpless' as he struggled to put up a challenge.

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"Just helpless," he lamented. "I feel like I come in fired up and ready to go, then it is hard to put up a fight. We had a few other issues here and there, which hindered us in a fight, but it is frustrating.

"I want to battle and have some fun, but every time we did we would pay a mistake or pay a consequence for trying. I was driving around and not getting much out of it, so a long day."

A year on from out-performing then reigning champion and Red Bull team-mate Vettel, the Australian admits it was galling to be lapped by the race winner in the Ferrari.

"[It was the] Icing on the cake. Congratulations to Seb, but getting lapped by him is not the best feeling in the world."