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Button blames bad luck for eighth place finish

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Jenson Button: "I don't think you're ever going to be happy with four points" © Sutton Images
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Jenson Button felt that bad luck around the timing of his pit stops resulted in a lower finishing position that he deserved at the European Grand Prix.

Button finished the race on a two-stop strategy but made his second stop before the safety car period while most of his rivals pitted during it. He said he was not happy with his eighth place finish, but added that his team and his strategy were not to blame.

"I don't think you're ever going to be happy with four points," he said after the race. "But it was a pretty unusual race for Valencia - it was obviously my comments yesterday about it not being a very exciting place to race!

"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, also, we just didn't get lucky.

"Finally, 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!"

He added: "I take away a reasonably good feeling with the car and it's not perfect - there are areas we need to work on - but I'm sure we can."