Daniel Ricciardo believes the two safety-cars in the Singapore Grand Prix "dictated the race" and cost him any chance of challenging Sebastian Vettel for the victory.

Ricciardo took his best result of the season on Sunday, when he brought his Red Bull home in second place, just 1.4s behind Vettel.

However, he felt the fact the safety car periods came towards the end of his stints, ultimately denied him the possibility of getting the undercut.

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"I think that [the safety cars] dictated the race really," Ricciardo said. "I am not saying there were any guarantees but in the first stint we were coming on quite strong - and it was obvious Seb pushed pretty hard at the beginning to break the DRS and all that.

"But then as the laps were ticking down we were starting to come alive and I was able to lean on the tyres a little more, I could see it was working in my hands.

"Then when I saw the safety car come out I was a bit frustrated but I knew there was one more stop in the race so I knew there was one more chance to do the same thing, replicate the same procedure."

"It seemed like Seb learned a little bit from the first stint, started off at the second stint a little bit easier and then broke away," Ricciardo added.

"And then as the laps ticked down I was probably able to make the tyres last a little bit better on the options and close in.

"But then the safety car came out again - thanks to the guy on the track [for triggering that safety car period], appreciate it!

"That was that - and then with the prime that was it. It is hard to overtake here. Tried to do what we could, we just got the fastest lap at the end to prove our pace all weekend - proud of that. It's good to get another podium.

"I'm really happy for the team. They have done a really good job, particularly the last few races. I think the chassis has really come alive."