McLaren has taken step closer to Red Bull - Button

Stephan Heublein

Jenson Button on Saturday said he thinks McLaren has taken a step closer to the dominant Red Bull team.

The reigning world champion qualified half a second behind pole sitter Mark Webber, but his teammate Lewis Hamilton was only a tenth from the leading RB6.

And the McLarens managed to split the Red Bull pair, although Sebastian Vettel led both Q1 and Q2 and would have been comfortably on pole had he managed to replicate his earlier pace before a brake problem.