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Perez would accept Red Bull offer

Perez would accept Red Bull offer
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Sergio Perez says he would "without a doubt" accept an offer to become Max Verstappen's teammate at Red Bull.

Sergio Perez says he would "without a doubt" accept an offer to become Max Verstappen's teammate at Red Bull.

At Sochi, two weeks after his ousting from Racing Point became official, rumours swept the paddock that the Mexican driver had inked a pre-agreement with Haas for 2021.

The rumour indicated that the news could be made official this week.

"Nothing has been signed yet, but there is some progress," Perez said after Sunday's Russian GP.

"Let's see how things go. Neither myself nor the teams have any rush, so let's wait a bit."

Some sceptics of the Perez-Haas rumour indicated that the 30-year-old driver might not be interested in joining a small back-of-the-grid team like Haas.

"I need a project that motivates me to get up every morning, train and travel all over the world," Perez told the Spanish broadcaster Movistar.

It is notable, therefore, that another rumour is that Red Bull may be interested in signing Perez to replace Verstappen's struggling teammate Alex Albon.

"Our intention is absolutely to retain our current drivers," Red Bull boss Christian Horner said when asked about Perez and also Nico Hulkenberg's availability.

"Alex is our preferred choice," he added. "Inevitably, you have to be aware of what other options are out there but our absolute preference and likelihood is to retain our existing driver lineup."

However, when asked about Red Bull, Perez made it clear that he would not hesitate to say 'yes' if an offer was made.

"Without a doubt," he said at Sochi. "It is a team that is definitely going to fight for championships in the coming years."

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Friday's key events


HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women aim to secure their place on the podium as they face India in the bronze medal match (2.30am)
· Netherlands - silver medallists five years ago - and Argentina battle for the gold medal in the women's final (11am)

BEACH VOLLEYBALL
· The women's gold medal will be decided as Australia and USA go head to head (3.30am)

BOXING
· Lauren Price will be looking to add to Team GB's success in the ring when she takes on Nouchka Fontijn of Netherlands in the women's middleweight semi-final (6am)

DIVING
· Tom Daley already has one Olympic gold to his name in Tokyo, and he begins his bid for second in the men's 10m platform. Teammate Noah Williams is also involved in the preliminary round (7am)

CYCLING
· Jason Kenny's reign as sprint king may be over, but Jack Carlin looked strong in his bid to succeed his compatriot. He takes on Harrie Lavreysen in his sprint semi-final (8.10am), with the final taking place later in the day (10.35am)
· The women's madison makes its Olympic debut at the velodrome as Team GB duo Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny look to add another medal to their collections (9.15am)

FOOTBALL
· Hosts Japan will look to get themselves on the podium as they face Mexico in the men's bronze medal match (10am)
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· Team GB's Jodie Williams will hope to get on the podium in the women's 400m final, but defending champ Shaunae Miller-Uibo is favourite for gold while Stephenie Ann McPherson should challenge and Allyson Felix is bidding to become the most decorated female track and field athlete of all time (1.35pm)
· Netherlands' Sifan Hassan takes on leg two of her ambitious attempt at a Tokyo treble in a women's 1500m final which also includes Great Britain's Laura Muir and Faith Kipyegon of Kenya (1.50pm)
· A star-studded women's 4x100m relay final will see a Team GB quartet including Dina Asher-Smith look to upset defending champions USA and favourites Jamaica, who boast Elaine Thompson-Herah as she goes for her third gold of the Games (2.30pm)
· Great Britain and Jamaica will also be going for gold in the men's 4x100m relay final, and their medal hopes have been boosted by USA's failure to qualify (2.50pm)

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