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Ricciardo’s stark warning to rivals

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He will start on the front row of the grid at Monza alongside his former Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen after a sensational performance in qualifying. Stream Every Practice, Qualifier & Sprint Qualifying of the 2021 FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN ITALIAN GRAND PRIX 2021™ Live & Free on Kayo Freebies. No Credit Card. No Brainer. Join Now.Ricciardo finished third in the qualifying sprint but was elevated to second due to Valtteri Bottas copping a 20-place grid penalty for Mercedes replacing his power unit. The Australian has struggled in the first half of the season but is desperate to make the most of his position high up on the grid. “Yesterday was good but I definitely tried to just keep a lid on it,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports before the race. “Today’s the all-important one. I certainly appreciated that yesterday was a good day but I’m certainly more focused on today now.”Ricciardo has started well in several races this season and is hoping to overtake Verstappen on the first lap if he can. “I’ve got clear vision down to T1, so hopefully make the most of that,” he said. “The first stint, the start will be very dependent on how we go there and then the pit stops. That’ll probably change the order perhaps.”Ricciardo was buoyed by his return to form in qualifying and is hoping to convert that into his first podium with McLaren. “Yeah, eyes forward. I want to be up on that box today, there’s no more truth than that,” he said. “It’s (his best form) definitely coming. Even if it’s still not there as much as I’d want it on the lap time, I know internally behind the wheel how I feel and that’s definitely getting to a closer place to where I want it to be.“I feel good. I was excited for this weekend. Monza’s definitely one I always get up for. I’ve just been feeling a little better since the August break so happy with that.”The race will get underway at 11pm (AEST). Italian Grand Prix starting grid 1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull2) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren3) Lando Norris, McLaren4) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes5) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari6) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari7) Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo8) Sergio Perez, Red Bull9) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin10) Fernando Alonso, Alpine

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