Daniel Ricciardo leaves Abu Dhabi disappointed after Red Bull failed to pip Ferrari and Mercedes to podium spots at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Starting the final race on supersoft tyres, Ricciardo was hoping to use the different strategy to make up the lack of pace they had compared to their rivals.
The strategy proved fruitless as both he and his team-mate Max Verstappen finished outside the top three.
"We lost out a little bit at the start but we could hold our ground in the beginning on the SuperSoft," said the Aussie.
"In hindsight we should have gone longer on it, and one-stopped the race. Obviously it worked a lot better for Max.
"If we were in front of the Ferrari it made sense to try and hold position in front of them, but in the end we were close to getting an overcut on them but it didn't work out and we just struggled a lot behind them, killing the tyres a bit. I tried to pass a few times but couldn't make it work."
However, Ricciardo reflected on a great season as he claimed third on the Drivers’ Championship.
"Looking at the season overall, I'm super happy and very pleased with the year. It's definitely been more highs and lows this year, a lot of podiums, good chunk of points," he concluded.
"Not as many wins as in 2014 but definitely as many satisfying races. I got amongst it when I could, but I thought it was a good 2016, I'm very very happy."