Lewis Hamilton admitted that he had been stunned when he heard that he had succeeded in claiming pole position at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday after a tumultuous rain-hit qualifying session.
"A fourth pole in a row just feels fantastic!" he said afterwards. "I was so surprised when I came across the line to hear I was P1.
"I went wide in the first corner and I thought I was down on time from the read-out on my steering wheel," he explained. "I just kept pushing and did a strong middle sector, then I could see I was catching Sebastian towards the end so it was a great feeling."
"Lewis, running last on the road on the final lap, did a great job with the opportunity he had," added team principal Ross Brawn. "We were not sure how it would turn out as DRS had been disabled for that final lap, then we saw his time in the second sector and started to get excited.
"It was obviously a very tricky session for everybody this afternoon and we were far from perfect but we did enough things right to get the job done," added Brawn. "It's a fantastic team result to have two cars starting in the top four after such a mixed qualifying."
Hamilton was also quick to share the credit for his fourth consecutive pole position with his Mercedes pit crew and strategists who had made it possible for him to go out and deliver at the culmination of the topsy-turvy session.
"The team did a great job to get the timing at the end of Q3 absolutely perfect and I was in exactly the right track position," he said. "I hope we can try and fight it out tomorrow, whatever the conditions.
"The Red Bulls are still ahead of us in terms of performance so results like this feel even more special because I know I've got the absolute maximum out of myself and out of the car," he added.
Hamilton had been complaining about the car's handling going into Saturday's qualifying session and still seemed out of sorts with it even as he progressed through the first two rounds, only barely squeaking into Q3 after finishing in tenth ahead of Sauber's Nico Hülkenberg by the narrowest of margins as Toto Wolff, Mercedes' director of motorsport pointed out.