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.