Lewis Hamilton said he couldn't complain with fourth place in the European Grand Prix after a tough run for McLaren in Valencia.

The 2008 title winner qualified third on the grid but lost out to Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at the start to drop down to fifth.

Although he was able to get ahead of Massa in the pits, the Briton was unable to match the pace of Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber out front and finished well behind the top three when the chequered flag dropped.

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Although not what he had hoped for going into the race, Hamilton insisted fourth was still a good haul of points after his recent incident-packed outings in Monaco and Canada while he was quick to praise his McLaren team for its work in the pits over the course of the race.

"I got a poor start and lost out to both Ferraris," he said. "After that, it was a long race - the team asked me to stay out for as long as I could, and I was pushing all the way, but I struggled with oversteer and to be honest didn't feel totally comfortable with the tyres.

"To be able to finish fourth is still a good result though - and twelve points is a decent haul after the last two races - so I can't really complain. However, in terms of performance, we weren't as quick today as we've been in the last three races.

"But I want to say a big thank-you to the team for some amazing pitstops today - we've really made some positive improvements in that area and it's really appreciated. So, thanks again, guys."