McLaren's Jenson Button has said bad luck cost him positions during the European Grand Prix.

Button finished in eighth place - one better than where he started - but felt that he lost out when the safety car was deployed, as he had already made his two scheduled stops on laps 10 and 26.

"This was a really difficult race to read," said the Englishman following the eighth round in the 2012 F1 World Championship.

"I got a poor start, was boxed in at Turn One, and had to lift to prevent Fernando [Alonso] and myself hitting the wall at Turn Two.

"I don't think we did a bad job in terms of strategy - the car felt good and kept improving during the race - but, when the Safety Car was deployed, I think a few others lucked in to a better strategy. And, today, we just didn't get lucky.

"Finally though, a massive congratulations to Fernando - he did a great job.

"Hopefully we can do the same thing at our home grand prix in two weeks' time!" Button concluded.