McLaren's Jenson Button was delighted with his performance during qualifying for the German Grand Prix and has said his lap in Q2 was 'one of the best' he has done for 'a very long time'.
The Englishman eventually secured ninth on the grid, although he didn't actually post a time in the top-ten shootout, instead preferring to save tyres for the race and leave his options open.
“My lap in Q2 was about as good as it's going to get for us at the moment – in fact, it was one of the best laps I've done in a very long time. I don't think I left anything out there, so I'm very happy about that,” Button confirmed.
“Strategically, it was a difficult decision for Q3: do we run the Option, the Prime, or do we not run at all? My heart said we should go out and set a time, whereas my head said we probably shouldn't!
“Our pace suggested that qualifying sixth would have made it worthwhile [to go out and set a time on the Option], and we probably could have done that – but we chose not to complete a lap, playing a cat-and-mouse game with Nico [Hulkenberg].
“Nevertheless, starting ninth is not too bad – I'll be on the clean side of the grid, and I have the freedom to choose my tyre compound, because I didn't set a laptime this afternoon.
"It'll be interesting to see what happens to the Option tyre early on in the race, but I think we've put ourselves in the best possible position for tomorrow.”
Team-mate Sergio Perez meanwhile went into qualifying on the back-foot after being hindered by a few issues in final practice and he fell at the second hurdle.
“It hasn't been the best day for us, and starting 13th wasn't what I was hoping for. Jenson did a great lap, but I've struggled all weekend to match him – especially today, when I think we went a little bit in the wrong direction,” explained the Mexican.
“This morning, we encountered some problems with the car; perhaps we over-compensated for that, going back on the set-up, getting understeer, and finding it quite difficult to get the tyres warmed up.
"This was a tough afternoon for me, but we can do better tomorrow.
"I didn't get everything out of the car today, but it's going to be very interesting to see how the tyres perform in the race now.”