Ricciardo's blunder in qualifying - spinning at a routine corner and crashing into a barrier - means he'll start from 10th on the grid in Sunday's grand prix in Melbourne.
Ricciardo had a weekend to forget and this was the icing on the cake after he had crashed during qualifying and then been forced to take a five place grid penalty for changing his gearbox after it was damaged in that qualifying impact.
Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen finished fifth behind race victor Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari, with Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas second and third respectively.
To the cheers of the Melbourne crowd, Ricciardo joined the race from the pits as the rest of the field was on its third lap. And for his fans at the Australian grand prix.
Expectations around Red Bull were largely framed around engine partner Renault making gains with its power unit, but Verstappen conceded the team's chassis also lacks downforce.
"Don't get me wrong, it's been fun, but I feel bad for everyone, bad for the fans".
"For all these things to happen at my home race, that is probably the most frustrating thing", he said.
"I was really trying to keep the pressure on ... and got a bit lucky when Lewis came out (from his pit stop) in traffic".
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"First practice (+0.6s off Hamilton) we looked pretty competitive and we were still keeping a few things to ourselves", he said. "I'm disappointed but I'll wake up tomorrow and be fine".
"I don't think so, the suspension that were effectively outlawed was something we looked to develop over the winter".
"I hope it stays that way". In Melbourne, Ferrari made the strongest impression and they probably have the strongest auto, but quite honestly, I don't think Mercedes is too far ahead of us.
Even the vanquished Hamilton welcomed Ferrari's first grand prix triumph in 18 months. The Australian got into the top ten but failed to set a time in Q3, instead mangling his vehicle in front of the home crowd.
The Australian was happy however that team-mate Max Verstappen was able to have a better pace compared to their rivals in race trim than they did in qualifying conditions.
But Sunday's season-opener around Melbourne's Albert Park circuit evidenced the revival of the famed Ferrari, though Vettel remained wary.
One count showed there were just five passes during the Australian Grand Prix, down from two dozen in 2016.