Daniel Ricciardo had a jovial, and rather hopeful scenario for how he and Max Verstappen should approach the Italian GP start.

Verstappen crossed the line P2 at the end of sprint qualifying with Ricciardo in P3, and so, with winner Valtteri Bottas dropping to the back of the Italian GP grid due to an engine penalty, Verstappen and Ricciardo will form the front row for the race.

It is by far Ricciardo’s best qualifying display in McLaren colours, and if he wants to deny former Red Bull team-mate Verstappen the victory, then the Aussie will need to get creative.

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