McLaren man Lewis Hamilton was pleased following qualifying for Sunday's F1 2010 Singapore Grand Prix.
Hamilton will start the race from third and he was encouraged that he was up battling with Red Bull and Ferrari for the pole. Indeed he reckons he will now have a good chance of being able to win tomorrow.
“I guess I'm pretty happy with third place on the grid. However, you can always do better, and I reckon we had a decent chance of pole today,” Hamilton said. “My first lap in Q3 was a good, clean lap – but I was too close to my team-mate Jenson [Button].
“I could feel his wake ahead of me, so I lost a little bit of downforce, particularly in the last sector. On my final lap, I got the gap, but I didn't get the lap – but that's motor racing.
“Still, it's great to know we're a real force here in Singapore. We didn't know how fast we'd be this weekend – so to find out that we're only a couple of tenths off pole is a great result for the whole team.
“Our starts have been pretty good too, so we can hopefully jump at least one guy ahead of us tomorrow. In other words, we can fight for a win from where we are.”
McLaren team boss, Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile also believes they will be able to fight for the top step of the podium.
“We're within a couple of tenths of the pole, we made a lot of good progress yesterday and today, and we feel we've got a very good race car for tomorrow,” he added.
“Bearing in mind our comparatively lacklustre pace at Monaco and the Hungaroring, two relatively slow circuits, I'm very encouraged by our performance here in Singapore, which is also a comparatively slow circuit. That improvement is the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of very good people, and I thank them all.
“As for the race, we now feel we can take the fight to anyone, and that's what we intend to do.”