Fernando Alonso says his performance in the Belgium Grand Prix was the best of his career at Spa despite finishing down in 13th position.
The McLaren driver, starting from the back of the grid after his engine-change penalties, finished a lap down on race winner Lewis Hamilton as he struggled for pace in the Honda-powered car.
But Alonso finished some 40 seconds in front of teammate Jenson Button, a feat he considered a success despite the disappointing result.
"It's probably my best race at Spa," said Alonso after the race. "That's the way it is.
"Even though the position is not the best, I had 40 seconds over Button, who was on pole position and won the race here three years go.
"In 44 laps it means like a second per lap with the same car, so that's what I'm staying with."
The two-time world champion said the race had been better than he had anticipated after the difficulties of the previous days.
"It went a bit better than expected," he said. "The car was good during the race. It was very windy today and we were worried that it would be a difficult race, but in terms of handling the car was good.
"We were lacking power on the straights."