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Verstappen not promising Honda 'magic' at Suzuka

Verstappen not promising Honda 'magic' at Suzuka
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Max Verstappen is not promising a great result for Honda's forthcoming home race at Suzuka.

Max Verstappen is not promising a great result for Honda's forthcoming home race at Suzuka.

Red Bull and Toro Rosso's Japanese engine supplier opted to use the Sochi round to fit new engines, resulting in grid penalties including one for Max Verstappen.

But after the Russian GP, Verstappen admitted that fourth place was the best he could do.

"It was pretty boring," he told De Telegraaf newspaper.

However, Red Bull-Honda is seen to be pinning its hopes on Honda's home Japanese GP, and then other opportunities at some of the other remaining races, for more wins.

"I don't know. We'll see," Verstappen answered.

As for Honda's home race, he insisted: "We must not create false hope. I don't expect it to be a magical weekend. We are simply behind them."

Former F1 driver Jan Lammers told the Dutch broadcaster NOS: "During the season we have seen Red Bull develop, they started winning races and people started to think great things were coming if they continued.

"But then Ferrari came up in one hit, they are now very strong in qualifying and also the race, and Red Bull is suddenly the third team again," he added.

Verstappen told Algemeen Dagblad newspaper: "These are not the most competitive weeks for us, but sometimes that's part of it.

"You can only get the best out of yourself and not try to control the other things."

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Wednesday's key events

· 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)

· 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)

· 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)

· 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)

· 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)

· 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)

· 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)

> Today's schedule in full
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