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Magnussen has 'nothing against' Hulkenberg

Magnussen has 'nothing against' Hulkenberg
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Kevin Magnussen has played down his former spat with Nico Hulkenberg.

Kevin Magnussen has played down his former spat with Nico Hulkenberg.

After a clash in 2017 in which Hulkenberg confronted Magnussen in front of the world's media, the Dane bluntly told his German rival to "suck my balls".

Haas driver Magnussen is still questioned about the altercation today.

"The whole episode and the fact that I'm still asked about it today shows what's going wrong in this media world," he told Auto Motor und Sport.

"Of course, I understand that people click on stories like that, but if the cameras had never seen it then Nico and I wouldn't even think about it today," Magnussen added.

However, the story remains relevant today because next year, they could be teammates.

It is believed that Hulkenberg, who could replace Romain Grosjean at Haas in 2020, could lose his works Renault seat to Esteban Ocon.

"My final word is simply that my respect for Nico is great and I have nothing against him personally," Magnussen said.

"I don't know him as a person, but I haven't heard anyone speak badly about him. That's it."

Magnussen, though, says he and Hulkenberg are not friends.

"I would not say that we have a relationship. We are opponents on the track," he said. "We are not friends.

"Of course I have great respect for his driving skills. He is a very talented, complete driver. I really have nothing against him."

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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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