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Vettel admits wanting to 'stay home' this weekend

Vettel admits wanting to 'stay home' this weekend
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Sebastian Vettel has admitted he would have liked to "stay home" this weekend.

Sebastian Vettel has admitted he would have liked to "stay home" this weekend.

On Thursday, the Ferrari driver missed the FIA press conference in Abu Dhabi following the birth less than 24 hours earlier of his third child - his first son.

"Maybe this is the first weekend where the feeling is strongest that I would also like to stay at home," he told the German broadcaster RTL.

"I want to bring the season to a good end, but at the same time of course I would like to be home with my wife so I am torn."

The fiercely-private 32-year-old German said of the birth of his son: "Everything went well and of course I am very, very happy.

"Thank God you can stay in touch these days, but I am torn," Vettel added.

He played down suggestions that the momentous moment in his family life is a distraction from his work in Abu Dhabi.

"Let's see what we achieve this weekend, but it definitely doesn't hurt. It is a motivation boost that I hope we can use this weekend, as we lack some performance here," said Vettel.

"But anything can happen in the race, because nobody has anything to lose and the championship is done."

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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