Nico Rosberg was content to settle for second place on the grid in the Italian Grand Prix behind team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton will start on pole for the first time in four months after making a statement of intent in qualifying at Monza on Saturday to ensure fellow Mercedes drive Rosberg will not start at the front of the grid for the first time in five races.
World championship leader Rosberg was relieved to come through qualifying unscathed after electrical problems had affected his car during practice earlier in the day.
The German holds a 29-point lead over Hamilton in the battle to be crowned world champion after a dramatic Belgian Grand Prix at Spa a fortnight ago, which saw Rosberg collide with the Brit.
And despite qualifying behind Hamilton for Sunday's race, Rosberg was more than happy with way things panned out.
"Thank you to the boys, they did a great job making my car ready for qualifying." he said.
"Also, overnight we improved the set-up a lot with the engineering support from Brackley, therefore I felt a lot better in the car today [Saturday] compared to yesterday.
"Lewis was quicker, but starting from second place is still a very good position to win here at Monza. I will need a good start and good race pace, but I'm quite confident to get it all right tomorrow.
"So I'm very much looking forward to the race."