Britain's Jenson Button has said he will be going for 'gold' on Sunday after he enjoyed his best qualifying session of the season today ahead of the F1 2010 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Button, who had been fifth in final practice this morning, was on the pace throughout qualifying and in the end he put his McLaren MP4-25 on the front row, his best lap in Q3, a 1 minute 22.084 seconds, which was just 0.122 seconds off Fernando Alonso's pole time.
The Englishman is now feeling bullish about his prospects ahead of the final European race of the year and after his disappointment in Belgium he knows he needs a good result to kick-start his championship defence.
“I've felt very happy all weekend running the higher of our two downforce packages. The car has felt very good and I've been comfortable with the stability of the rear. You know you'll be competitive when you keep finding small increments of time here and there,” Button said.
“Over a single lap, the car is good, but its real benefit will be felt in the race tomorrow, when we should have stronger long-run pace. We're running more downforce than most people; that'll make it more tricky over the first couple of laps, but we should be more consistent in the race.
“I want to say a big thank you to the whole team for bringing a great package to this weekend's race. Our car is moving forwards all the time. It will be an incredible battle at the front tomorrow, but, starting from the front row, my aim must be for a victory. A win here would be very important; I've got the world championship trophy at home – and I want it to stay there!”