Jenson Button very happy with sixth - and the performance of the Brits at Spa!
McLaren driver one of three Brits in the top six at Spa
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 24/08/13 5:15pm
Brtis at Spa
Jenson Button believes McLaren's third-row starting spot for the Belgian GP is an accurate reflection of the team's current position.
After a desperately disappointing campaign, in which the team have yet to register a solitary podium finish, McLaren have made modest inroads in recent weeks, with a season-best result at Budapest followed by a strong outing this Saturday by Button in qualifying at Spa.
"I'm very happy, I think it's what we deserved," the 2009 World Champion told Sky Sports F1. "We didn't luck-in in any way, I don't think we were clever with strategy, I just think that's the pace of the car.
"Our pace was reasonably good in the dry, perhaps not quite as good, but in the wet it's nice to get up to sixth."
Button's improved showing was just one element of an excellent day for F1's assortment of Britons with Lewis Hamilton clinching pole position, Marussia's Max Chilton progressing out of Q1 for the first time in his career, and Paul di Resta taking fifth place having been poised to claim his first pole position after a smart piece of strategic thinking.
"A great lap from Paul," Button acknowledged. "It was very clever to get out there at the beginning [of qualifying three] on inters when we all got excited and ran slicks. So three Brits in the top six? Pretty good!"