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Raikkonen's manager says Red Bull deal is off

The comments imply the arrival of Ricciardo, but the team has yet to make an official announcement.
Monday, August 19, 2013

August 19th, 2013 (GMM).- Kimi Raikkonen's manager on Monday confirmed reports the 2007 world champion is no longer in the race to move to Red Bull in 2014.

Earlier, amid reports Daniel Ricciardo has been signed to replace the Le Mans-bound Mark Webber, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko insisted he is "not nervous" Ferrari seems to have won the race for Raikkonen's services next year.

"I'm not nervous," the Austrian told Bild newspaper. "Don't forget that we still have Vettel."

Speaking to Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat on Monday, Raikkonen's manager Steve Robertson admitted the current Lotus driver is not moving to Red Bull.

"The negotiations with Red Bull were not successful and ended some time ago," he is quoted as saying.

Robertson did not mention whether Raikkonen would stay at Lotus in 2014 or return to Ferrari, but he admitted it is 99.9 per cent sure the 33-year-old will still be on the grid next year.

Robertson's comment basically confirms Ricciardo's arrival to Red Bull, with team saying an announcement will be made for the Belgian GP.

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