McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said that getting the cars of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button inside the first three grid spots for the Hungarian Grand Prix was "not the result we wanted."
Hamilton had taken provisional pole with his first flying lap midway through Q3, despite his McLaren appearing to suffer from excessive oversteer through the final couple of corners. However, Sebastian Vettel's final lap gave the Red Bull driver the top spot and relegated Hamilton to the outside of the front row – and the dirty side of the track for Sunday's race.
Despite Button then coming through to take third spot from Fernando Alonso's Ferrari a few seconds later, Whitmarsh said he had been hoping for more.
"It was tight. Just disappointing," he said. "But we've got both cars on front two rows so it should be an exciting race. It's not result we wanted. He [Hamilton] ran little wide at the last corner on the last lap, but neither were bad laps. It would just have been nice for him to have got pole.
"At least we should be competitive in the race. Both drivers had good runs on Friday, and we're not in a bad place. We'll try to make it exciting."
Hamilton, who could have given McLaren its first pole since Canada last year, said he was unconcerned about being beaten by Vettel.
"It's still a great achievement," he said. "We knew from the last race that we have good pace. Yesterday was good, but today they [Red Bull] picked up the pace. To be on the front row is good though and we can pick up some good points from three tomorrow."