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MOTORSPORT: Raikkonen Red Bull move off
6:40pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
A proposed move to take Kimi Raikkonen to Red Bull for next year’s Formula 1 season has broken down, according to the Finn’s manager Steve Robertson.
Speculation was rife that Raikkonen would leave Lotus at the end of his deal this season to fill the spot which will be vacated by Mark Webber, who announced he was quitting Red Bull to join Porsche’s sportscar programme.
However, Robertson confirmed that is now not a viable option.
“Talks broke down,” said Robertson.
“We haven’t spoken for a little while and it’s clear Kimi won’t be driving for Red Bull in 2014.”
Raikkonen was vying for the place alongside Toro Rosso duo Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, with the former now thought to be the frontrunner to move to Red Bull next year.
The future of Raikkonen, meanwhile, is still up in the air and he may now opt to extend his deal with Lotus.
“Kimi’s a free agent. He still has options out there,” Robertson said.
“There’s a lot of things happening behind the scenes and I’m pretty confident he will be in F1 next year.”
On the possibility of joining Ferrari, Robertson added: “Until they confirm their seats, my job is to speak to all the teams and see what’s available.”
Meanwhile, Raikkonen is looking to maintain his excellent record at this weekend’s Belgium Grand Prix.
Raikkonen, who has won four times at Spa-Francorchamps, finished second at Budapest last time out.
“It would be great to win at Spa for a fifth time,” said Raikkonen. “Extra points are always good and if you win the race no-one scores more points than you.”
Raikonen added:“I am now back in second which was a good way to enter the summer break. “I finished ahead of Seb (Vettel) in Hungary so obviously scored more points than him there.
“To beat him, we need to be winning races and if we keep finishing second like we’ve done many times this year it’s probably not going to be enough for the championship, but you never know what might happen.”