Jenson Button thinks qualifying for the Malaysian GP was one of his best this season.

The Briton, who is celebrating his 300th grand prix start this weekend, qualified 9th just 0.013 behind Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg ahead of both Williams drivers, all powered by the class-leading Mercedes power unit. He thinks his laps in Q2 and Q3 were among the best in his career and that he was able to extract everything out of his machinery.

 “I think qualifying went really well. I’m very happy with the performance of the team and from myself, we got everything out of the car. Q2 was really good fun, I came over the line and said to the team “that was a pretty good lap” and they said, ‘yeah, you’re P8.'” Button said on Saturday.

“We tried quite a few things yesterday and the car felt much better today. It’s always a pain when you are 0,013s behind the car in front of you, but given the Force India’s pace since the start of the weekend, I’m very happy to be ahead of both Williams”

Button believes McLaren showed real pace all weekend which was down to actual improvements on the car and not just due to good fortune or others’ misfortune.

“We came here and we weren’t happy with the car, developed it over the race weekend, it was a great effort from the people here and the people back at the factory, improved the pace a lot and I’m happy with that. Hopefully we can show that tomorrow.”

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Ahmad Shallouf

Contributing Writer at MotorsportM8