The McLaren driver came very close to ending Sebastian Vettel’s run of pole positions at Suzuka, the German beating him with a superb final lap by just 0.009 seconds.

The British driver, who will start from second ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, said there was nothing else to extract from his car.

Button also admitted he was delighted to see such a small gap to Vettel on a track that was supposed to favour Red Bull.

“It has been a pretty good weekend,” said Button. “As always I love driving around here, Suzuka is a phenomenal circuit, and when the car working around here it is ideal.

“I was building up to Q3 and thought that last lap would be enough – but it was nine thousandths, so not good enough.

“I felt like I got everything out of the car. I had a bit of oversteer on the last run but maybe I was pushing too hard. It’s great from team to be close to Red Bull on a circuit where they have been dominant in the past

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