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Albon giving '110 percent' for F1 return

Albon giving '110 percent' for F1 return
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Alex Albon insists he has not given up on Formula 1.

Alex Albon insists he has not given up on Formula 1.

After struggling as Max Verstappen's Red Bull teammate last year, the 25-year-old was not only replaced by Sergio Perez but relegated to DTM for 2021.

He now races an Alpha Tauri-liveried Ferrari in the German touring car championship but remains Red Bull's official reserve driver.

After Perez won at Baku, the Mexican thanked British-born Thai Albon for his contribution behind the scenes.

"Alex is putting so much work into the simulator and with the engineers. When I came here, I didn't expect him to be so open but he explained to me how the car works," he said.

Albon says he appreciated Perez's words but insisted his contribution is "just part of my job".

"I don't require any special recognition, because I know what my role in the team is," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "But what I am doing is important and I understand that.

"I love what I do, and I give it 110 percent every day. If I didn't do that, I would not have a chance to return."

Albon's DTM season kicked off at Monza last weekend, and he finished the two races fourth and seventh.

"Driving a GT3 car is fun, although it has a lot less downforce and grip than I'm used to," he told the Italian daily. "But overall, my impression isn't bad.

"It's clear that even with my experience I feel like a rookie in this series, where I'm competing with drivers who have been in GT for a long time.

"But it's no secret that my goal is to return to Formula 1. Obviously I want to win in everything I do, and this is no exception.

"But although my life has changed, I have not parted with Red Bull and I still participate actively in everything that happens in Milton Keynes and at the circuits. I'm doing everything in my power to return to Formula 1," Albon insisted.

"I have the opportunity this year to quietly observe what is happening from the side, which I think will be very useful to me if I get the opportunity to come back."

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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)

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