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Austria wins 'more realistic' for Verstappen

Austria wins 'more realistic' for Verstappen
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Dr Helmut Marko admits a win for championship leader Max Verstappen might be out of reach this weekend at Paul Ricard.

Dr Helmut Marko admits a win for championship leader Max Verstappen might be out of reach this weekend at Paul Ricard.

Indeed, both Mercedes and Red Bull are expecting that after strong form for the Dutch driver on the Baku and Monaco street circuits, Lewis Hamilton could be back on song on the more 'normal' French GP layout.

"It will be very close between the two of them," Red Bull official Dr Marko admitted to RTL.

The 78-year-old Austrian is therefore playing down the certainty of a Paul Ricard win, but "I hope that he can win twice in Austria" as the triple-header concludes.

"That seems more realistic to me," said Marko, referring to the two races that are set to take place at Red Bull's eponymous circuit in Styria.

There are reports that Honda may supply a new and improved engine to Red Bull this weekend, but Marko insisted that the team has had "no problems" with the existing specification.

Meanwhile, with Alex Albon set to make his DTM debut at Monza, Red Bull will instead send its Formula 2 junior Juri Vips into the simulator over the Paul Ricard race weekend.

"Albon will still be the reserve driver for both teams," Marko insisted to Speed Week.

"If someone drops out, he will immediately be airlifted from Italy to France," he revealed.

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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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