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Schumacher to use 'elbows' in Mazepin fights

Schumacher to use 'elbows' in Mazepin fights
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Mick Schumacher has vowed to "talk to the team again" about Nikita Mazepin's aggression, whilst vowing to use his "elbows" in their next wheel-to-wheel scrap.

Mick Schumacher has vowed to "talk to the team again" about Nikita Mazepin's aggression, whilst vowing to use his "elbows" in their next wheel-to-wheel scrap.

Fresh from their last-lap incident at Baku, Schumacher says his controversial fellow rookie and Haas teammate Mazepin pushed him off the circuit during the French GP.

"I think I need to talk to the team about it again," Schumacher, 22, told German media at Paul Ricard.

"In the end, if that's how it's going to be, then that's how it's going to be.

"He is also quite open about talking about it, so I guess that's his style. At that level, we don't quite get along.

"In the end we may all have to extend our elbows."

Ralf Schumacher, who is Mick's uncle, said it is obvious as the season progresses that the pair "aren't going to go on vacation together".

"I must say that I see only one explanation - that Nikita is absolutely overwhelmed with his emotions. At some point, the team boss has to say something, even if Mazepin's father pays most of the bills," he added.

Team boss Gunther Steiner smoothed the waters after the high-speed Baku near-miss, and now he is also playing down the latest incident.

"I looked at it and spoke to both of them," Steiner said. "It was racing. It wasn't unfair or anything.

"You can see that the gap between the two of them is narrowing, which is not always the ideal scenario for things like this. It happens because they are closer together on the circuit."

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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)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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