Button takes pole for Spa GP

A truly brilliant pole lap by Jenson151st            pole for McLaren72nd             pole for McLaren, Mercedes & Mobil 126th          pole for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes8th                 pole for Jenson

2nd           successive pole for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes1st            pole for Jenson in a McLarenJENSON BUTTONMP4-27A-02FP3

5th                            1m49.091s (+0.549s) 18 laps

QualifyingQ1 2nd                     1m49.250s (on Primes)Q2 1st                      1m47.654s (on Options)Q3 1st overall         1m47.573s (on Options)Its been so long since my last pole position that it almost feels like a win for me!In fact, its my first pole since Monaco 2009which was a race that I wonand it demonstrates that I can qualify really well.

So I want to offer my congratulations to the whole team: its my 50th grand prix for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes this weekend, so its a great time to get a pole position for everyone at Woking [home of McLaren], at Brixworth [home of MercedesAMGHighPerformancePowertrains] and of course here at Spa.Im surprised that the new rear wing is working so well, but the engineers also did a great job with the balance. And its even more encouraging that we had good consistency through all three qualifying sessions. Nonetheless, nobody has done any long runs yet, so we still need to wait and see how tomorrow pans out.Can I still win the drivers championship? Yes. Well take it one day at a time, but hopefully we can get some good points tomorrow.LEWIS HAMILTONMP4-27A-04FP312th                                       1m49.615s (+1.073s) 19 laps

QualifyingQ1 8th                      1m49.605s (on Primes)Q2 5th                      1m48.563s (on Options)Q3 8th overall*        1m48.394s (on Options)

* will start 7th due to Mark Webbers five-place grid penaltyCongratulations to Jenson! He did an excellent job and I hope he gets maximum points tomorrow.For me, today was a bit of a disappointment; but, since Im still in the top 10, tomorrow will be about trying to make the most of things.

The set-up wasnt perfect, but that was simply because we chose the wrong rear wing, preferring to stay with the version we used in Hungary. The wing wed been using in FP3 this morning hadnt been working very well, so we opted to go back to the older wing which we thought would be the safer option. It was a collective choice: we thought the older wing would be quicker in qualifying, but in fact Jenson has shown the new wing to be very good indeed.

Our side of the garage was a bit unlucky, but well do what we can with what we have tomorrow.MARTIN WHITMARSH

Team principal, Vodafone McLaren MercedesThat was a truly brilliant pole lap by Jensonhis first for Vodafone McLaren Mercedesand hes now in extremely good shape for tomorrows race.This morning, though, in FP3, neither Jenson nor Lewis was entirely comfortable with the balance or feel of their cars, a situation that was perhaps compounded by a complete lack of dry running all day yesterday. For this afternoon, then, on a bone-dry track, following the issues wed encountered in FP3 this morning, clearly we had to make some changes. We duly did so, in consultation with our drivers, and, as things panned out, the changes we made to Jensons car paid off the better of the two.So, as I say, having bagged pole position, hell be gunning for victory tomorrowbut Lewis, too, despite starting from P7, will be equally hungry to score a hatful of points. As Ive said before, and as Ill doubtless say again, in Jenson and Lewis we have the best driver line-up in Formula 1, and tomorrow both of them will be aiming to demonstrate that yet again.

. 1.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m47.573s2.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1m47.871s  + 0.298s3.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Renault      1m47.893s  + 0.320s4.  Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault         1m48.205s  + 0.632s5.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        1m48.219s  + 0.646s6.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m48.313s  + 0.740s7.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m48.392s  + 0.819s8.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1m48.394s  + 0.821s9.  Romain Grosjean     Lotus-Renault         1m48.538s  + 0.965s1.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes  1m48.890s  + 1.317s

Q2 11  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1m49.722s  + 0.472s12  Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes  1m49.362s  + 0.112s13  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1m49.742s  + 0.492s14  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1m49.588s  + 0.338s15  Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m49.763s  + 0.513s16  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m49.572s  + 0.322s17  Bruno Senna         Williams-Renault      1m49.958s  + 0.708s

Q118  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m50.181s  + 1.188s19  Heikki Kovalainen   Caterham-Renault      1m51.739s  + 2.746s20  Vitaly Petrov       Caterham-Renault      1m51.967s  + 2.974s21  Timo Glock          Marussia-Cosworth     1m52.336s  + 3.343s22  Pedro de la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth          1m53.030s  + 4.037s23  Charles Pic         Marussia-Cosworth     1m53.493s  + 4.500s24  Narain Karthikeyan  HRT-Cosworth          1m54.989s  + 5.996s