F1i's Driver Ratings for the 2021 Italian Grand Prix

Nikita Mazepin (Retired lap 41): 5/10
Nikita Mazepin's intense desire to at least beat his team mate - the only realistic goal for a Haas driver at the moment give the poor performance of the VF-21 this year - seems to have warped his approach to the race weekends at the moment. There's not a week goes by when he doesn't make some sort of aggressive move that threatens to take them both out at some point. While he was quicker than Mick Schumacher in both practice sessions, he was predictably slowest in qualifying but did then gain a couple of spots in a well-managed sprint race to start the Grand Prix ahead of not only Schumacher but also Robert Kubica - no minor scalp to claim, even in an Alfa Romeo. But when the race started Mazepin soon found himself chugging around at the back with only Antonio Giovinazzi for company after the Italian spun (and picked up a penalty) on the opening lap. He once again clashed with Schumacher on lap 33 which can't have done any wonders for the already strained team harmony, and then crawled to a halt with an abrupt power unit failure on lap 41 that left him parked by side of the road.

Mick Schumacher (P15): 5/10
Based on his record in junior championships, we had been expecting Mick Schumacher to have settled in and be able to show what he can do by this stage of the season. But so far it's just not happening. His FP1 programme meant he was slowest of anyone on Friday afternoon, but he rallied to beat both Robert Kubica and his team mate Nikita Mazepin in qualifying. The sprint race did not do so well and he lost out to both of them in the 18-lap affair meaning he was starting at the back of the grid on Sunday. He immediately got ahead of Mazepin on the opening lap and ran ahead of the Russian for the first 22 laps before pitting. The status quo was restored after the safety car for the Verstappen/Hamilton incident, but Mazepin was sniping at his heels and on lap 33 there was contact at turn 4 that sent Schumacher spinning. Mick would eventually get the position back when Mazepin retired with engine failure, but we can only wonder how long this heightened state of hostilities can be allowed to persist at Haas.