A contrite Kevin Magnussen has apologised to his McLaren team after "messing" things up in Malaysia.
After the highs of the Australian GP where he produced a flawless display to claim his maiden podium in his debut race, came the lows at Sepang as he started eighth on the grid and ended up ninth.
His problems started on the first lap as he made contact with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and was handed a five-second stop-and-go penalty. He was also handed two penalty points on his licence.
"I'm sorry for the team that I messed it up in the first corner," the Dane said. "I think we could have got some good points today so I'm really disappointed with myself that I did that mistake.
"That stuff happens. You just have to learn from it, I guess. The car was really good and I'm sorry for the team that I did a mistake."
He added: "No excuses. I'm not happy. When you make mistakes is not nice. I take the blame for the bad position that we got.
"Formula 1 races are long and I shouldn't have made a mistake like that in the first corner.
"We could have had a lot more points today. Not much to say. I'm sorry for the team."
Marussia's Jules Bianchi was another driver who received two penalty points on his licence after he made contact with Lotus' Pastor Maldonado on the opening lap.