Red Bull hints that Raikkonen is not part of 2014 plans

Kimi Raikkonen with Sebastian Vettel

Kimi Raikkonen with Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull‘s motorsport consultant Helmut Marko has provided an early indication that Kimi Raikkonen is not in the world champion team’s plans for 2014.

The Austrian’s comments come amid reports that the 2007 world champion has actually decided to move from Lotus to Ferrari next year.

After German media reports said that Daniel Ricciardo will be Sebastian Vettel’s new teammate, Red Bull’s Marko admitted that the team’s 2014 lineup will be announced this weekend in Belgium.

He has hinted that Finn Raikkonen is now out of the running. When asked about the Raikkonen-to-Ferrari reports, Marko told German newspaper Bild: “I’m not nervous. Don’t forget that we still have Vettel.”

It is a clear sign that Red Bull has decided instead to sign Toro Rosso driver Ricciardo, who was described by Bild as a ‘no-name’ driver.

But Marko insisted: “[Ricciardo’s signing] is not fixed yet.”

And, when asked about reports  that Toro Rosso is set to lose Ricciardo, team boss Franz Tost told Speed Week: “I don’t know.” (GMM)

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  • =El Presidente=

    on my ‘local’ site i just read that Steve Robertson (Kimi’s manager) has announced -according to ‘turun sanomat’- that Kimi will not be driving for RBR next year.

  • Alonslow aloser

    Let’s hope it’s not Foolonslow that drives for them next year. What will Mr Samurai blame then when he looses out to any other team mate who isn’t Massa.
    Maybe he should blame the lack of illegal exotic mass dampers on his Ferrari?
    He certainly can’t blame the fact that he had the fastest car on race pace in the first five races!

  • Tamburello_1994

    Juan Pablo Montoya is looking for a drive next year now that he’s out of his NASCAR ride.

    . . .or did he burn too many bridges?