Jenson Button compared the lap which left him eliminated in Q1 to the one which he set for pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix in 2012.
Heavily compromised due to the characteristics of the Spa Francorchamps circuit, Button was able to set only the 17th fastest time in qualifying and will drop two places further back due to engine penalties.
"I felt my lap today was equal to the pole position lap I did here three years ago – I really enjoyed driving the car this afternoon," he said.
"This morning I’d been struggling with the rear end at the corner entries, but we transformed the car for qualifying. Nevertheless, when you cross the line at the end of the lap and think you’ve done enough to be a bit higher up, it’s difficult to hear that you’re still a second off the guy ahead. There’s a lot of work needed to close that gap.
"We always knew this circuit was going to be a tough one for us. It won’t be easy to make up any ground in the race tomorrow, and we’ve got a long way to go before we’re competitive, but at least the feeling in the car is good."
Fernando Alonso missed the final practice session due to an exhaust issue and will line up from 20th place.
"We missed the long run in yesterday’s practice due to the red flags and some telemetry issues, and we sat out FP3 this morning because of an exhaust issue, so we’re short on laps this weekend," he said. "So hopefully we can finish the race tomorrow and learn a little bit more about the car."