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Mazepin's move on Schumacher 'normal' - Berger

Mazepin's move on Schumacher 'normal' - Berger
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F1 legend Gerhard Berger has moved to downplay the latest controversy surrounding divisive Russian rookie Nikita Mazepin.

F1 legend Gerhard Berger has moved to downplay the latest controversy surrounding divisive Russian rookie Nikita Mazepin.

At the end of their wheel-to-wheel run to the chequered flag at Baku, Mazepin's similarly 22-year-old Haas teammate Mick Schumacher said a jink to the right at top speed by the Russian could have been fatal.

"For us, it was quite normal," said Berger, referring to his active days as a Formula 1 driver in the 80s and 90s.

"The man in front always did that. At that time, it was allowed or there were no cameras seeing it," the 61-year-old told Sport1.

Berger said the truest test of Mazepin's actions is that he was not penalised.

"If he had violated the rules, the stewards would have reacted and there would have been a penalty. That didn't happen, so everything stayed within normal limits," said Berger.

Even Christian Danner, a former F1 driver from Germany, does not side with his countryman Schumacher's complaint.

"Mick cannot think that you can overtake your teammate on the last lap and he'll just wave you past," he said.

However, Berger agrees that Schumacher has already done enough to establish himself as the 'number 1' rookie at Haas this season.

"Mick has shown clearly that he has Mazepin under control and has the position as number 1. Mick definitely has the Schumacher genes.

"You can tell that Mazepin won't beat him, but Mazepin still does his job. He makes his mistakes like everyone else, but you have to give him a chance."

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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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