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Red Bull ignoring 'background noise' - Marko

Red Bull ignoring 'background noise' - Marko
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Dr Helmut Marko says he regards any psychological games with Toto Wolff or Mercedes as "background noise".

Dr Helmut Marko says he regards any psychological games with Toto Wolff or Mercedes as "background noise".

At Baku, Wolff moved his rhetoric that is normally aimed at Austrian countryman Marko to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, calling him a "windbag".

Marko, 78, thinks it's simply an effort to disturb Red Bull amid the teams' head-to-head battle for 2021 spoils.

"We are not going to that level," he told RTL.

"We are absolutely concentrated on the racing. This background noise means nothing, at least to me."

In fact, Marko calls the entire saga over Red Bull's allegedly overly-flexible rear wing a "storm in a drinking glass".

He says Mercedes is even now complaining about some of Red Bull's pit equipment, but vowed to keep the team's focus on beating Mercedes on track.

"If you have a chance like this, you have to use it - and we will use it," said Marko.

"We have all suffered from the dominance of Mercedes for so long."

Marko says Mercedes is now hitting back, revealing that even a "Mercedes customer" - presumably Aston Martin - has recently been making "massive efforts" to "poach" Red Bull staff.

Marko says those efforts failed.

"We are all together as a team with a passion, an excitement and a hunger to win this world title," he said.

"Mercedes always had the advantage of a second in reserve in engine power, but that is no longer the case," Marko continued.

"We put a competitive car on the ground right from the start. Now it's all about the details."

The result of the "pressure we exert" on Mercedes is "altogether" the reason for Mercedes' recent mistakes and struggle for performance, Marko claims.

However, he warned that Mercedes should be stronger at Paul Ricard than on the streets of Monaco and Baku, because "two races like that cannot be the benchmark for the whole season".

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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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