Jenson Button admitted he felt his fastest lap in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix would be enough for pole, the Briton claiming he got everything out of his car.
The McLaren driver came very close to ending Sebastian Vettel's run of pole positions at Suzuka, the German beating him with a superb final lap by just 0.009sec. The British driver, who will start from second ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton, said there was nothing else to extract from his car.
Button also admitted he was delighted to see such a small gap to Vettel on a track that was supposed to favor Red Bull.
"It has been a pretty good weekend," said Button. "As always I love driving around here, Suzuka is a phenomenal circuit, and when the car working around here it is ideal.
"I was building up to Q3 and thought that last lap would be enough – but it was nine thousandths [down], so not good enough. I felt like I got everything out of the car. I had a bit of oversteer on the last run but maybe I was pushing too hard. It's great from team to be close to Red Bull on a circuit where they have been dominant in the past."