Horner and Ricciardo deny Webber remarks on 2014 seat

Christian Horner with Daniel Ricciardo

Christian Horner with Daniel Ricciardo

Christian Horner and Daniel Ricciardo have denied Mark Webber’s affirmation that the decision about his 2014 successor has already been made by the Red Bull camp.

Obviously referring to his young compatriot Ricciardo, Le Mans-bound Webber said just before Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix that the news is “good for him and good for Australia”.

Red Bull team boss Horner, however, hit back: “I have never known a driver [to] sign another driver.

“We have not yet made a decision,” he insisted, according to Express newspaper.

The British broadcaster Sky said at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, however, that Ricciardo has indeed been signed, with the news to be announced within days. Horner also denied that.

“We will take a couple of weeks to think things over,” he insisted. “It’s not a football transfer window, so no rush,” he told the BBC.

24-year-old Ricciardo also denied Webber’s news.

“He really said that?” the Toro Rosso driver was quoted on Sunday by Russia’s Formula 1news.ru. “We all know Mark – he likes to make predictions, sometimes they are right, sometimes they’re not. It’s nice that he supports me, so I take his words as a compliment.

“But I’m sure if I had a contract, I would know about it. I don’t think we’re going to have to wait long for the team, but I still haven’t heard anything,” added Ricciardo. (GMM.)

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