Pedro de la Rosa was delighted with his performance in qualifying for the British Grand Prix after making it into Q3 for the first time this year.
"I'm happy, I'm very happy because it's a genuine result," Sauber driver de la Rosa told Spanish television after securing ninth position.
"It wasn't down to a gamble or luck. Since this morning's practice session we've been there in the top ten and that's the important thing.
"The car has nothing to do with what it was yesterday. Yesterday we experimented a lot and today we used everything we found yesterday.
"And then being inspired counts too, on a track where you brake little, which is when our car goes well, when you don't touch the brake."
The Spaniard admitted he was on the limit during his final run in Q3, where he managed to outqualify seven-time champion Michael Schumacher.
"I guess everybody takes the same risks. On Turn 1 I was flat out and I thought 'If I make it, fine, and if I don't you'll have to go find me in the barriers'.
"But it worked out and I'm very happy. In fact the time I got was thanks to the first sector, which is our strongest."