Lewis Hamilton says it was 'an incredible feeling' taking pole for the Brazilian GP
Jenson Button second as McLaren lock-out front-row
By William Esler. Last Updated: 28/11/12 10:37am
Lewis Hamilton was delighted after taking pole position in his final race for McLaren and is hoping for even better on Sunday.
Jenson Button completed the front-row as McLaren broke the record for most one-twos in qualifying with the Woking-based team striving to end the season in style despite being out of the title fight.
"It is an incredible feeling," Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. "I remember coming through the last corner and being two tenths up and it was going 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, just moving up and when I came across the line it was 0.35 so I was so happy with it. It is so exciting when you come across the line and get pole."
Incredible feeling for Hamilton
The 2008 World Champion was noticeably emotional after the session - Ayrton Senna was a childhood hero of Hamilton and thus Brazil holds a special place in his heart.
"Brazil is such a special historic track - you have got Silverstone, Monza, Monaco and I have won at all of those great historic tracks, but this is one I haven't won at," he added.
"It took Ayrton eight races to win here and I'd like to do that at some stage as well. I have put myself in the best position to do it. With Jenson up front we got our last one-two in qualifying - I hope it is the same in race."
Hamilton was also full of praise for the MP4-27, stating that despite reliability problems, it had been the quickest car on the grid all season.
"The car has been strong all year," the 27-year-old said. "If there was an award for fastest car of the year it would go to us because we have had the fastest car of the year because we have been on the front-row a lot of the time but it is a shame we haven't been able to see the benefits of all that hard work."
Button was equally delighted after the session and is hoping the front-row lockout can be the catalyst to help McLaren overhaul the 14-point deficit to Ferrari and retake second spot in the Constructors' Championship.
"I feel really good," Button said. "You obviously want to get pole-position but my team-mate got it, so congratulations to Lewis - it is his last race for the team and we are going to have fun on Sunday.
Button aims to end on a high
"This is a race where we wanted to score a lot of points for the Constructors' but also for us, it will be great to race hard for that hour and a half racing - that is what we love to do and we love to do it as team-mates. It is going to be hopefully an exciting race."
With attention switching immediately to 2013 when the flag drops on Sunday afternoon, Button is also hoping McLaren can carry the momentum of this weekend into next season.
"It is (great to finish on a positive) and I think as a team we have done a great job. Having both cars up there is really good and ending on a high is great. There are changes for next year and people are going to improve their cars, but this is a great base for next season and that is what I am most excited about."