Jenson Button: “I’m very happy with ninth place”

Jenson Button - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Jenson Button believes he did a good job in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix after he qualified ninth for the Grand Prix on Sunday.

The McLaren-Honda driver managed to reach Q3 of qualifying after continuing his strong momentum into the session after finishing inside the top ten earlier in the day in final practice.

Unlike team-mate Fernando Alonso, who did not set a time in the session due to a car issue, Button was very pleased with his position as he believes Spa-Francorchamps is a tough circuit for the car, and the Briton is hopeful that their pace on Sunday will be stronger than their qualifying pace, and is aiming to compete with those who qualified around him.

“I’m very happy with ninth place,” said Button. “Spa is a tough circuit for our car so I don’t think we expected to get the result we did.

“You’ve know when you’ve done a good job, and I feel I did just that. We obviously won’t be near the front, but our race pace should be better than our qualifying pace was so we’ll certainly be competing with the cars that have qualified around us. The team have done a great job this weekend, and Honda have brought us a new power unit.

“So we’re looking at a situation of definite improvement. We didn’t expect to be this far up in qualifying here, so hats off to the whole team; it’s good progress as I say. All in all, I’d say it’s the best qualifying of our season so far.”