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Pole position almost as good as a win - Button

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Jenson Button said taking pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix was almost on a par with winning a race after going three years without starting at the front of the grid.

Button was fastest by 0.3s from Kamui Kobayashi and Pastor Maldonado to take his first pole of his McLaren career. He said it meant a huge amount to him and was the perfect way to come back after the summer break.

"It's been quite a long time since I last got a pole position - it was 2009 at Monaco I think - so it's a little emotional," Button said. "Sundays have been good for the last few years but Saturdays have not gone perfectly. A great qualifying session and it's so important to come back after such a long break with a good result on Saturday. I know the race is tomorrow, but this is close to winning a grand prix for me because it's been so long."

Button said McLaren got the balance of his car spot on ahead of qualifying, admitting that he has to have the perfect set-up to get the best from his machinery over one lap.

"We just got the balance right this morning and the car's been working really well and we just got the balance right this morning. We've all had limited running but every run we've done the balance has been really good and we've just tickled it, especially through qualifying, and the balance is to my liking. I obviously have a style where it's quite difficult to find a car that's to my liking but when it is we can get pole position."

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