The McLaren Mercedes team endured a few problems ahead of qualifying for the European Grand Prix, but when it counted, it all went to plan with Lewis Hamilton claiming the pole position from team-mate Heikki Kovalainen with the former looking to record back-to-back Grand Prix wins.
"I think that coming into the weekend we thought we’d be competitive but I don’t think any of us really knew whether we’d be competing for the front row," Hamilton said. "It’s a great result for us. It’s just great to know that we can continue with the momentum from the last race."
Kovalainen was satisfied with his second position but did admit that his error right at the end of the final round of qualifying may have proved costly in his bid to take the top position heading into Sunday’s 57-lap Grand Prix.
"I clearly went over the limit," the Finn said. "In hindsight you can always argue and think you could have done it a bit better. But in qualifying you have to go for it. It was incredibly close. Had I not pushed to the absolute limit I could have dropped three or four places easily, so I went for it. It didn’t work out this time but luckily I did not lose more than one place, so it is fine.
"It is absolutely a great place to start tomorrow.
I think we have done a good improvement from Hungary on my side of the garage."
While Hamilton may be on a roll at the moment, he has just 19 points from the first ten races of the year and as a result, has no chance of defending his championship status.
"For sure it would have been fantastic for us to have been competing for the World Championship," he said. "There’s no doubt that us as a team, we are good enough to be able to do that, but it’s just unfortunate circumstances that we missed the chance and all we have to do now is just continue to push our car and hope that next year’s rules are similar to this year’s, so that we can develop through this year and hopefully go into next year with a better car.”