McLaren's Jenson Button has said he is hoping for better in the Singapore Grand Prix after having to settle for fourth place today in qualifying and a place on the outside of row two.

Button had managed to qualify on the front row at the last two races, but despite not managing that this time at the Marina Bay Street circuit, he remains optimistic and is confident he can still go for victory.

"I found it a bit tough today; I didn't really feel comfortable with my car, the rear went away from me quite quickly, and I struggled to look after the tyres over a lap," Button explained.

"I hope the balance will be better in the race than it was in qualifying. The high degradation around here will make it a tricky race, but I think we'll be okay. It's going to be tough for everyone on Sunday evening, but you can overtake around here.

"Starting from fourth means you can hope for the best - a win - but the pace just wasn't quite there for me in qualifying. I hope it's better in the race."

McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile is convinced Button can do better in the race on Sunday, the 14th round in the F1 2012 World Championship.

"Jenson had a more challenging time of things this evening [than Lewis Hamilton, who took pole in the sister car], but he showed his mettle and his class by posting fourth-best time despite not having been entirely comfortable here today," Whitmarsh added.

"Jenson's a magnificent racing driver, as we all know, and he'll be looking to score heavily tomorrow."