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Marko indicates Perez's seat safe for 2022

Marko indicates Perez's seat safe for 2022
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Sergio Perez's win at Baku appears to have cemented his place at Red Bull beyond his one-year contract.

Sergio Perez's win at Baku appears to have cemented his place at Red Bull beyond his one-year contract.

When asked if the Mexican is now doing enough to justify his position alongside championship leader Max Verstappen, Dr Helmut Marko told Auto Motor und Sport: "Yes.

"He is integrating in the team very well. He's a very good team player," the energy drink company's top F1 official added.

Indeed, despite Marko's earlier pressure on Perez to acclimatise more quickly to Red Bull, the 31-year-old was fast throughout the Baku weekend.

"He was always at the front," agreed Marko. "But that was already the case at Monaco. As soon as he had free air, he set laptimes that were as fast or even faster than Verstappen.

"That also made the overcut possible."

It is this role of a reliable, points-scoring second driver that Red Bull has struggled to fill since Daniel Ricciardo decided to leave the team.

Marko admits that Perez "fell short of expectations" initially in qualifying this year, but "that is slowly resolving".

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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· 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)

SWIMMING
· 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)

ATHLETICS
· 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)

RUGBY SEVENS
· 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)

SAILING
· 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)

TENNIS
· 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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