McLaren's Jenson Button has conceded that team-mate Lewis Hamilton had the upper hand today in qualifying for the Australian GP and that his best just 'wasn't quite enough'.

Button will start the opening round in the 2012 F1 World Championship from second on the grid, having been just 0.152 seconds slower in the sister Mercedes-powered car.

Despite that though, he was still happy with the MP4-27 and the Englishman paid tribute to the job done by McLaren over the winter.

"Lewis nailed a great lap in Q3," Button commented after Q3, "but I think the whole team is really happy to have both cars on the front row - it's been a long time coming to have the two of us there together. You always want to be first, but I couldn't quite do that today. We were so close through all the qualifying sessions but Lewis had the upper hand [in the end]. I tried my best but it wasn't quite enough.

"Nevertheless, I think we both want to thank the team - it's a big vindication of how far we've come this winter.

"And that's been crucial: having a good winter can really make the difference. We still don't know exactly how strong our car will be in the race, but yesterday it appeared to be consistent and looked after the tyres during the stint.

"Tomorrow will be about getting the tyres to the right working temperature and looking after them across the stint.

"Tomorrow is the important day, and today is about making life easier for tomorrow."