Daniil Kvyat blames bad luck for stunting his progress during the Singapore Grand Prix after being caught on the back foot on both occasions the safety car was required.

The Red Bull driver suffered a frustrating race when his early pit stop worked against him when he was forced to slow under the visual safety car, nullifying his opportunity to jump back into the top five.

The Russian spent the remainder of the race trailing Valtteri Bottas who was able to power away and prevented Kvyat from making up places to finish an underwhelming sixth. The Red Bull driver had shown promising pace after topping Friday free practice but says luck wasn't on his side in the race.

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"I was unlucky with the timing of the Safety Car as I pitted a lap before it came out," Kvyat said. "It seemed the safety cars didn't like me at all today, it must be something personal!"

Despite being leapfrogged by his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in the F1 drivers' standings after the Australian secured second place in Singapore, the Russian remains positive and is focusing on further opportunities in the future.

"That's life. It wasn't a good race for me but we couldn't have done anything else," Kvyat said. "On the plus side, we kept it on the track and scored some points.

"The team did a very good job this weekend and the car worked very well. Eight points is the maximum we could have got with all that bad luck. My time will come."