Räikkönen's manager: Red Bull talks over
19 August 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen's manager, Steve Robertson, has informed Finnish media that talks with Red Bull have proven unsuccessful, paving the way for Daniel Ricciardo to be confirmed as Sebastian Vettel's team-mate for the 2014 campaign.
Räikkönen and his Toro Rosso rival have long been the main candidates for the coveted seat, which was made available when Mark Webber revealed his plans to switch to the World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Porsche next year.
Although many viewed the Finn as the outright favourite for the drive, it appears his hopes of completing a move are over, with Robertson explaining to Turun Sanomat: "The negotiations with Red Bull were not successful and ended some time ago."
In addition to the latest development, German weekly Sport Bild has reported that Ricciardo is to be named as Webber's replacement at the Belgian Grand Prix.
If Red Bull confirms Ricciardo's expected promotion, attentions will promptly turn to the remaining vacancies, with eight other teams yet to finalise their 2014 line-ups.
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