Adrian Sutil declared himself "very happy" with his third place on the grid for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. The Force India driver brought himself up to the second row with his final lap of qualifying as conditions improved on the wet track surface.
"We had some problems on Friday in the dry and it didn't look great," the German said. "Because of that I was really hoping for rain, and we got a lot of it.
"In Q2, with the extreme wets, we went extremely well, and in Q3 I managed one good lap in the end, which was enough for P3. I'm very happy."
Sutil said that the major difficulty of the almost three-hour long session was maintaining his concentration throughout red flags and protracted sessions in the pits.
"I had to wait so long, had to keep focus up," he added. "So it makes me so happy after waiting for such a long time, to be so competitive in this field."
Sutil's teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi qualified 15th, but could be penalized five places if Force India deems it necessary to change his car's gearbox after his Q2 crash.