The Australian was already on the backfoot this weekend after being hit with a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, but will move up one place to 19th on the grid once Fernando Alonso's grid penalty is applied. Neither Red Bull gambled, opting for intermediate tyres and it initially paid off, with Ricciardo leading Verstappen in the time sheets.
Ricciardo started strongly, making up plenty of ground before he erred in swapping tarmac for gravel.
Silverstone, however, represents a fresh challenge for the Red Bull team and Ricciardo, after ending up sixth quickest on the timesheets, feels it will need to make improvements to be a contender.
"I would give this race ten out of ten in terms of fun". My tush got a little bit dirty, or bruised, but I think in the end fifth was the maximum (I could finish).
"So yeah, insane race, went through the field, I had a battle so I enjoyed it a lot".
A number of penalties has slightly reshuffled the grid for Sunday's British Grand Prix.
It comes a day after Mercedes confirmed a penalty for Valtteri Bottas for a gearbox change, meaning two of the three drivers who stood on the Austria podium will drop from their positions.
"I've been really happy with how I've been putting my Sundays together for the last handful of races, it's been strong and to get fifth from the back today I really couldn't ask for more", said Ricciardo.
"I hope they showed a lot of that on TV", said Ricciardo. After a grand prix, I would perform all the necessary duties, but I did what I could just to be me again.