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Mazepin apologised but 'not to blame'

Mazepin apologised but 'not to blame'
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Nikita Mazepin says he only apologised to his teammate Mick Schumacher because the German was so upset after their Baku incident.

Nikita Mazepin says he only apologised to his teammate Mick Schumacher because the German was so upset after their Baku incident.

Schumacher exclaimed "Does he want to kill us?" after Mazepin's high speed jink to the right during their run to the chequered flag.

"I'm still amazed. I wouldn't have expected that between teammates," the 22-year-old German said two weeks later at Paul Ricard on Thursday.

"The team spoke to him. I only joined them later," the son of the great Michael Schumacher added.

"I clearly gave him my opinion and he apologised to me."

Schumacher says his relationship with the controversial Russian is basically unchanged, although he admitted that "a little bit of trust is gone".

"Because I honestly don't know what to expect from him next time."

Mazepin admits he apologised, but he says it was more a reaction to Schumacher's emotions than to the incident itself.

"I apologised because he was upset," he said. "I had the feeling that I should do it, even if I don't see myself with blame.

"I won't make life easy for any driver in the future either. We are two young drivers at the limit so it can lead to situations like this. But I think as long as the cars are undamaged, that's ok for the boss," said the Haas driver.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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