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Surname a 'problem' for Schumacher - Ecclestone

Surname a 'problem' for Schumacher - Ecclestone
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Bernie Ecclestone has described Mick Schumacher's famous surname as a "problem" as he progresses towards the F1 grid.

Bernie Ecclestone has described Mick Schumacher's famous surname as a "problem" as he progresses towards the F1 grid.

In Baku for his second Formula 2 race, the son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher spun.

"Of course I'm following him," former F1 supremo Ecclestone told Blick newspaper in Baku.

"The biggest problem for him is his name. If Mick doesn't deliver good results, the media will not treat him gently at the end of the year," he added.

Schumacher got his first taste of 2019-spec F1 cars recently with tests in the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo cars.

"He came to us last winter and quickly settled in," Laurent Mekies, the Ferrari sporting director, told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"He was the best in Formula 3 and that's why we wanted him.

"In recent years, the best in Formula 2 went into F1, but we're in no hurry. We are satisfied with his progress," Mekies added.

"His first test with us in Bahrain went very well."

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Monday's key events

· There are no Brits in the women's 100m hurdles final, but Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, fresh from breaking the Olympic record in the semis, will hope to pip world record holder Kendra Harrison to gold (3.50am)
· The women's 5000m final also has no Team GB representation, but two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will be looking to add an Olympic gold to her list of honours (1.40pm)

· The women's skiff 49er FX (6.33am) and men's skiff 49er (7.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races

· A place in the women's gold medal match is up for grabs, starting with an all-North American semi-final between United States and Canada (9am)
· Australia, who edged past Team GB's in a seven-goal quarter-final thriller, take on Sweden in the second semi-final (12pm)

· The track cycling schedule gets underway, with Team GB holding a particular interest in the team pursuit qualifying. Laura Kenny is part of the women's team (7.54am), while the men's team includes Ed Clancy (9.02am)

· The Gadirova twins Jessica and Jennifer will both take part in the women's floor final as they look to add to their team bronze (9.57am)

· Newly-crowned European champion Emily Campbell flies the flag for Great Britain in the women's +87kg, but faces stiff competition for medals from China's Li Wenwen and New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard (11.50am)

· The women's hockey quarter-finals begin, with Team GB last up against Spain (1pm)

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