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Haug warns Schumacher over Mazepin criticism

Haug warns Schumacher over Mazepin criticism
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Mick Schumacher should be careful with his attacks on Haas teammate and fellow rookie Nikita Mazepin.

Mick Schumacher should be careful with his attacks on Haas teammate and fellow rookie Nikita Mazepin.

That is the warning of Norbert Haug, who as a top Mercedes official worked closely with Mick's father Michael both before and at the end of the seven time world champion's F1 career.

At Baku, with controversy having followed Mazepin through every turn so far in 2021, Mick Schumacher hit out at his Russian teammate for a high-speed jink to the right at Baku.

Then, at Paul Ricard, the German rookie was again highly critical of his fellow 22-year-old for another racing incident.

Ultimately, team boss Gunther Steiner defended Mazepin.

"Nikita has to attack like that at this point - if not, he's not doing his job properly either," he said after the French GP.

In that context, Haug says Schumacher needs to be more careful about what he says openly about his teammate - and closest rival - in future.

"I understand Mick completely as a human being," he told Sky Deutschland.

"That was his reaction immediately after the race. We had the previous incident in Baku, which I assess much more critically. But in France, you could see that Mazepin had the inside.

"That's why I can't say it was 100 percent his (Mazepin's) fault.

"So, some strategic advice for Mick - it's just like in real life. If your teammate sees that you are upset about him, it only gives your teammate a point."

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
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