McLaren's Jenson Button has admitted it was a relief to make it through to the final phase of qualifying today in Brazil.
Button has had a miserable run at Interlagos over the last seven years, but he finally put that to bed this afternoon. Indeed not only did he make it through to the top-ten shoot-out, but he briefly held second spot too, until being demoted to third by Mark Webber.
Despite that though, the Englishman was still content with P3 and he will now start one place in front of his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton.
“All in all, Q2 was a bit nerve-wracking for me – but enjoyable in the end because I haven't managed to get past Q2 here in Brazil since 2005!” Button said.
“So, as I say, it was satisfying to get into the top 10. In Q3, the car was working well too: balance-wise, I think the car was as good as we were going to get it.
“My quick lap was pretty ragged. I was pretty aggressive on the throttle, which you have to be to be fast around here. That's not normally my style, but it was definitely quick and in fact I crossed the line thinking I'd be farther up the grid than I eventually was.
“But that was because the two guys in front of me did a great job too.”
Looking to the race, Button thinks the 19th and final round in the championship could produce a thrilling grand prix, especially given it may be wet.
“If it rains here tomorrow, as we're told it may well do, then it'll almost certainly pour down – and that's bound to make things very tricky,” he continued.
“Still, this place lends itself to good overtaking - over the years there have been some great moves into Turns One and Four for example - so I think everything is well set for F1 to put on a fantastic show tomorrow.”
McLaren boss, Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile was impressed with Button's form and added that he had 'nailed a particularly impressive lap' to end up in third - his best ever Q performance in Sao Paulo.