Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo equalled his best result of the season and took sixth in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but only just, with his Renault power unit spectacularly detonating just as he crossed the finish line.

Ricciardo had a pretty quiet afternoon and after gaining a place when Felipe Massa had electrical problems on the grid and had to start from the pit lane, the Australian eventually finished more than 20 seconds ahead of Romain Grosjean in P7 and that was despite the rather ignominious end.

"Just out of the last corner it just went up in smoke," Ricciardo said at the finish. "We'll have to see how severe it is, of course. It didn't look good but at least on the bright side we got over the line and consolidated a pretty lonely sixth.

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"I felt I drove to the best of my ability today and unfortunately it didn't give us much more. I mean it wasn't really an exciting sixth place for us, but that was all I could do.

"I thought the pace and the improvements we made through the stints was good. So, we have just got to keep building on that."

So how was the car itself?

"I thought it was pretty good to be honest. With the balance there's a few things here and there but generally as a package I thought it was good enough to probably fight with the Williams.

"I think through the corners we're more or less there, we're probably just losing time down the straights at the moment. The chassis is working better.

"I think the weekend went more productively for us so now we move on to Europe, a few more updates and try to get this bad boy further up the grid," he smiled.