Kevin Magnussen expressed his delight after equalling his best qualifying result at the German Grand Prix.
Magnussen set the fourth quickest time at Hockenheim and will line up behind only Nico Rosberg and the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.
"This has been a good day for me," he said.
"I think we got everything out of the car in terms of set-up, and our strategy throughout qualifying was perfect. Thanks to all the guys in the garage – they did a fantastic job. It was a great achievement to be able to hold off the Red Bulls, and I feel that we’re not too far away from some of the really strong guys.
"There’s no secret to our improvement: a lot of hard work has made the difference. We still don’t have the best car, but it’s well-balanced and raceable, and I think we’re able to get the best out of it on a regular basis."
Magnussen was nonetheless cautious with regards to his prospects of collecting a similar result during the race.
"Tomorrow could be a different story," he said.
"The weather forecast says it’ll be cooler, and that there may be rain. We might struggle more in the race than we have today, but fourth place isn’t a bad position from which to start."