The British crowd was very happy for a local boy Jenson Button qualified third for McLaren- his best grid position at Silverstone in nearly 10 years. Even as a disappointing thing happens in Saturday, Lewis Hamilton drop down to sixth following a dramatic fault.
“At the start of the session, I was really looking forward to getting out there. And, as soon as we did, we found the grip of the circuit, and I felt confident. I even did a lap in Q1 that was quickest overall, but I ran wide at the final corner in traffic, and that time was disallowed – nonetheless, I think it showed that, in difficult circumstances, we often tend make the best of things. Button said.
“On my final lap in Q3, I thought it was all over in the first sector: I made a mistake coming out of Turn Five and had a massive snap of oversteer onto the straight, but I still managed to make up the time over the rest of the lap.
“I would love there to be changeable conditions in the race tomorrow, but, realistically, if it’s dry, we’re not going to be quite as competitive as we were today. We’ll do our best to be as close to the front as possible, of course we will, but we’ll need to have a perfect race to get a decent result.
“Even so, I’m really happy to be third – in front of my family, my friends and the British crowd – their support has been so uplifting throughout this whole event.”
Eric Boullier, McLaren racing director: – “Clearly, bearing in mind our qualifying performances for recent Grands Prix, we’re pleased with P3 and P5 today.
“Having said that, it was a topsy-turvy session, and lady luck inevitably played her part in the way things panned out.
“Even so, I want to pay tribute to the team, because the guys made all the right calls at all the right moments, and they deserve credit for that, because the decisions they had to make were both difficult and critical.
“Both our drivers performed extremely well, too, in tricky conditions which quite a few others failed to master.
“Nevertheless, we aren’t going to allow ourselves to get carried away by our positive qualifying performance, because we know we’re not yet where we want to be in terms of car performance.
“But undoubtedly our decent grid positions are a welcome boost – and you may be well sure that both Jenson and Kevin will therefore be doing all they can, at our home race, in front of the most enthusiastic and most knowledgeable supporters in the world, to score as many championship points as they possibly can.”