Marko: No driver announcement at Spa
20 August 2013 – Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has moved to dispell rumours that the outfit will be confirming the second member of its 2014 driver line-up at the Belgian Grand Prix, following the news that Lotus' Kimi Räikkönen is no longer a candidate.
On Monday it was revealed by the Finn's manager, Steve Robertson, that talks had broken down with the reigning World Champions, seemingly clearing the way for Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo to be announced as Mark Webber's replacement.
Reports in the German media claimed that the team would reveal Ricciardo's new deal at Spa-Francorchamps, but Marko appears to have ruled out the prospect.
"We will express ourselves when the time comes, and that will definitely not be at Spa," ex-Formula 1 driver Marko is quoted as saying by the SID news agency.
At the Hungaroring last month, Red Bull boss Christian Horner asserted that Sebastian Vettel's new team-mate would be named by the Italian Grand Prix.
"At Spa or Monza," he explained, "but it's not going to be later than that I don't think."