Lewis Hamilton described himself as "very, very happy" after he returned to top spot by claiming pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Hamilton trailed team-mate Nico Rosberg throughout the three practice sessions at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and went on to make a mistake on his first Q3 run.
However, Hamilton improved on his second run and moved to the front, with Rosberg unable to respond during the closing stages.
"I'm very, very happy getting the lap," he said.
"Nico’s been strong all weekend so it was crucial, bit by bit, one step at time I’ve been trying to put the pace together."
Hamilton was unable to set a representative time in China and Russia due to mechanical problems and, having secured pole in Australia and Bahrain, labelled his lap in Spain as "three from three."
"A big thanks to the team, the guys at the factory, for working hard to rectify these issues we had and it’s three out of three for me," he said.
"I'm so happy, I didn’t get to compete in the last two qualifying sessions, [but today the] car was great, yesterday was difficult so to start on the right foot today is good."