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Ralf Schumacher 'can't imagine' nephew not in F1 in 2021

Ralf Schumacher 'can't imagine' nephew not in F1 in 2021
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Ralf Schumacher "can't imagine" that his nephew will not be on the Formula 1 grid next year.

Ralf Schumacher "can't imagine" that his nephew will not be on the Formula 1 grid next year.

Ahead of his Friday practice debut for Alfa Romeo at the Nurburgring, 21-year-old Mick Schumacher prepared at Fiorano on Wednesday at the wheel of a 2018 Ferrari.

Also in action were fellow Ferrari juniors Callum Ilott and Robert Shwartzman, but Ferrari's Laurent Mekies denied it was a "shootout" for a 2021 F1 seat.

Ralf Schumacher, whose brother Michael is Mick's father, thinks the young German is the standout favourite anyway.

"His learning curve over the year has been very promising. I can't imagine Mick not driving in Formula 1 next year," he told Sky Deutschland.

"He has shown over several years and in different categories that he is one of the best, so it is clear that he has the potential to be in F1."

RTL presenter Florian Konig agrees with Ralf that Schumacher's Nurburgring outing is a "pretty clear indication" that he will be at Alfa Romeo next year.

Another German broadcaster, Sky Deutschland's commentator Sascha Roos, agrees: "If Mick doesn't mess up, he will be in the top three in Formula 2 this year.

"It would then be extremely unusual to park a driver like that for another year. I think the probability that he will drive for Alfa Romeo is more than high."

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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