McLaren's Lewis Hamilton said he got everything and more out of his car today in qualifying for the F1 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Although the F1 2008 world champion couldn't repeat his Canadian Grand Prix pole from June, he came close and was only 0.031 seconds off pole sitter Sebastian Vettel.
That left the Englishman stoked and he was especially pleased that he was able to really push the Red Bull's, who have dominated qualifying all season.
“I'm absolutely delighted,” Hamilton said. “This is my best qualifying performance since Spa, and I pushed as hard as I could and got everything and more out of the car. To be just three-hundredths off the fastest Red Bull is extremely good news for the team.
“We've worked incredibly hard all year, but we couldn't quite catch them up quickly enough. Even so, to be right behind the one on pole – and have both Ferraris behind – is a great achievement.”
So what's his plan now for the race?
“Well, on the grid tomorrow, I don't have to worry about who's around me – they all have to worry about who's around them!” Hamilton added with a smile. “I've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. It's the other drivers who'll have to worry; I don't have to be cautious at all in the race. Perhaps they need to think about that…
“Both Jenson [Button – my team-mate] and I qualified well today, so this is good news for us in the battle for second place in the constructors' world championship.
“I'd love for us to finish one-two tomorrow – that would be a real high for the whole team.
"I'm not focusing on winning the drivers' title; I'm just focusing on winning this race,” Hamilton concluded.