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Vettel 'number 1 at Stroll's team' - Marko

Vettel 'number 1 at Stroll's team' - Marko
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Sebastian Vettel has re-emerged as the 'number 1' at Aston Martin, according to the German's former boss Dr Helmut Marko.

Sebastian Vettel has re-emerged as the 'number 1' at Aston Martin, according to the German's former boss Dr Helmut Marko.

As head of Red Bull's notorious driver program, Marko actually brought Vettel into Formula 1 as a teenager before the now 33-year-old left for Ferrari as a quadruple world champion.

The Ferrari adventure ended badly for him last year, but Vettel then also began to struggle in 2021 as he adjusted to life at the wheel of the Aston Martin.

In Monaco and Baku, however, Vettel began to find some of his old fast form. In Marko's words, it was "the Vettel as we know him" as he stood on the Baku podium.

"It was great to see him on the podium, but above all to see his overtaking. The fights with Gasly. The first lap," he said.

"I am very pleased that this turnaround has been achieved in a relatively short period of time. I hope that's the case for him on other circuits as well," Marko told Auto Motor und Sport.

Finally, as Marko's difficult relationships with Mercedes and also the Lawrence Stroll-owned Aston Martin continue, the 78-year-old could not resist a jibe at billionaire Stroll and his son Lance.

"Vettel is number 1 at the Stroll team, which Daddy probably won't like very much," said Marko, undoubtedly referring to Lawrence.

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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