Where you least expect it in pole position is Max Verstappen, who must also thank both Mercedes drivers. After being fastest in qualifying on Friday and crossing the finish line first in sprint qualifying, Valtteri Bottas indeed however, it will start from the bottom of the grid for having mounted engine number 4. Another small paradox of this format that, thinking about the future, will need to be partially refined. An examination of conscience will also do it Lewis Hamilton that with this bad skidding at the start he got stuck, opening the door to his number one rival and not just him. Besides two very precious points earned with the second position behind Bottas, Verstappen here has created a great opportunity thinking about the world championship. On a track not really Red Bull he is in fact starting in front of everyone, with Hamilton fourth, and with a race pace that is not at all bad.
So much so that the seven-time world champion admits that the big favorite for an easy win is now the Dutchman. Red Bull had already earned pole at Monza twice, in 2011 and 2013, and on both occasions Sebastian Vettel had then won. The crazy variable in the race could be Daniel Ricciardo which returns to the front row from 2018, the first with the McLaren. The papaya car, powered by the Mercedes engine, is a really tough nut to crack here. And the two Ferrari drivers who have taken a small step forward also know this. Fifth and sixth, Leclerc and Sainz know that the mission will above all be to bring home precious points.