Whilst Lewis Hamilton has only a very slim chance of claiming the title, the only thing that mattered for him on Saturday was that he now had a competitive car. Placed second on the grid, the McLaren driver is one step closer to his goal - victory in Abu Dhabi.
"The guys have done a brilliant job and have finally succeeded in getting the rear wing to work properly. Top speed on the straights is good, and there are some improvements too on the rest of the car," said a delighted Lewis.
After the last few disappointing races, McLaren can join in the fight for the top spot once more. "We were a lot more competitive this weekend. The feeling we have is good: nothing to lose and everything to gain. I'm pleased to be on the front row. I haven't qualified this far up the field for a long time," said Hamilton
Jenson Button's fourth place completes McLaren's strong showing in qualifying: "Jenson did a great job too. It brings us closer to edging out Ferrari. I can't complain." Hamilton doesn't feel under any pressure: "In 2007 and 2008, I was under a terrific amount of pressure, but this weekend I feel totally different. I'm enjoying myself and looking forward to tomorrow."