Britain's Jenson Button has said that he is 'confident' he can have a good race today, even though he only qualified sixth for the Italian Grand Prix, the final European F1 event of the year.

Button has had a dismal run since Silverstone, and while he still leads the race for the 2009 F1 drivers' title, he is coming under increasing pressure and knows that he needs a decent result to stop the rot.

However while he was only sixth in qualifying, he ran very heavy and along with team-mate, Rubens Barrichello, who will start one spot in front in the sister BGP 001, both looked well placed once fuel loads are taken into account.

"I'm really happy with sixth position," said Button. "Rubens and I have been so close on lap times all weekend and he's ended up just fifteen-hundredths ahead of me which is the difference between getting your head down on the straights. I obviously didn't do it enough!

"We got the best out of the car and it felt good on the heavy fuel load which is important because it's not just about qualifying, you have to consider your race. It's been a positive day and I'm confident that we can have a good race."

Team boss Ross Brawn meanwhile shares Button's optimism and he is also hopeful that Sunday's grand prix will yield a positive result, although he warned that the start will be absolutely crucial.

"Qualifying saw an excellent performance from Rubens, Jenson and the team to put us in a good position for the race. Rubens and Jenson drove extremely well in Q3 with our chosen one-stop strategy to secure fifth and sixth positions and the closeness of their lap times shows that they achieved everything possible from the car.

"We have the majority of the KERS cars just ahead of us so provided our drivers get a good start, there is everything to play for in the grand prix," Brawn summed-up.