Horner still views Räikkönen as candidate
23 August 2013 – Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has refused to rule out the possibility of signing Kimi Räikkönen for the 2014 Formula 1 season, despite recent claims from the Finn’s management that talks between the two parties have broken down.
As speculation over the identity of Sebastian Vettel's future team-mate continues, the outfit insists that a final decision has not been made, with Horner expecting next month's Italian Grand Prix to be a more realistic timeframe for an announcement.
"Nothing is fixed yet," said Horner. "We said we would take the summer to mull things over, but there is no commitment yet. I wouldn't rule anything out at the moment; until we finalise who is going to take the second seat, there is nothing much to say."
He added: "Kimi is very much his own man. I am sure he will do what is best for him. We are in a fortunate position where there is an awful lot of interest in the seat and we have got a bit of time until we need to make any firm commitments. We want to make the right decision and we will take the appropriate time to make that decision."
Meanwhile, Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo is refusing to consider himself as the main man for the seat, insisting that nothing can be taken for granted in Formula 1.
"I'm not going to assume anything," said Ricciardo, who is contesting his second full season in Formula 1. "For me there is still a seat up for grabs. I think I have learned that until something is signed, sealed and delivered nothing is ever concrete."