Kimi Räikkönen’s long-time manager, Steve Robertson, has all but confirmed that the second Red Bull Racing seat will go to Daniel Ricciardo.
The Englishman has told Finnish media that his attempts to secure a seat for the 2007 World Champion at the Milton Keynes outfit were unsuccessful.
Räikkönen and Ricciardo have been the two leading candidates for the coveted seat in next year’s RB10 – made available when Mark Webber confirmed he would leave F1 to pursue World Endurance Championship racing seat with Porsche – and while many believed that the Finn was the favourite for the gig, it seems that he will remain with Lotus.
“The negotiations with Red Bull were not successful and ended some time ago,” Robertson told Turun Sanomat.
Robertson’s confirmation backs up claims in the German press, which said that Ricciardo’s appointment would be confirmed by Red Bull Racing at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The expected announcement will then shift focus onto the other potential vacancies on the 2014 grid, with at least eight teams still to confirm their complete driver line-ups.