Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is remaining cautious after taking pole position for the first time in over a year in front of ecstatic home fans at Monza.
Online bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers which can be redeemed on the today’s Italian Grand Prix at the historic Monza circuit.
With team-mate Felipe Massa clinching third place on the grid, fans could be forgiven for anticipating a Ferrari one-two on their home track.
But Alonso’s expectations for Sunday’s race aren’t so ambitious, he said after qualifying: "Tomorrow we need a podium minimum to remain in the (title) fight.
“There is no big pressure about winning the race, but at the same time we know we cannot afford a DNF or bad result.
"A win would be great, but let’s try to be consistent and put in a good performance as we’ve not been that consistent this season."
World champion Jensen Button finally made the front row when making better use of the McLaren than his compatriot Lewis Hamilton who is back on the third row in fifth position.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber qualified in fourth position and his team mate Sebastian Vettel lines up alongside Hamilton in sixth.
Despite Alonso playing it cool, Ferrari will be expecting Alonso to close the gap at the top of the Drivers Championship standings and the bookmakers have him installed as strong favourite win maximum points.
William Hill bet 4/5 for Alonso to win and Totesport are offering odds of 7/2 for the dangerman, Jensen Button.
1 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:21.962
2 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:22.084
3 Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:22.293
4 Mark Webber, RBR-Renault, 1:22.433
5 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:22.394
6 Sebastian Vettel, RBR-Renault, 1:22.675
7 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:23.027
8 Nico Hulkenberg, Williams-Cosworth, 1:22.989
9 Robert Kubica, Renault, 1:22.880
10 Rubens Barrichello, Williams-Cosworth, 1:23.142
11 Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes, 1:23.199
12 Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:23.388
13 Kamui Kobayashi, BMW Sauber-Ferrari, 1:23.659
14 Sebastien Buemi, STR-Ferrari, 1:23.681
15 Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:23.819
16 Jaime Alguersuari, STR-Ferrari, 1:23.919
17 Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber-Ferrari, 1:24.044
18 Jarno Trulli, Lotus-Cosworth, 1:25.540
19 Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus-Cosworth, 1:25.742
20 Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India-Mercedes, 1:25.774
21 Timo Glock, Virgin-Cosworth, 1:25.934
22 Lucas di Grassi, Virgin-Cosworth, 1:25.974
23 Bruno Senna, HRT-Cosworth, 1:26.847
24 Sakon Yamamoto, HRT-Cosworth, 1:27.020