Horner: 'We haven't ruled Raikkonen out yet'


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23 August 2013 by TF1T Staff | M
          

Kimi Raikkonen is still on Red Bull's radar according to team principal Christian Horner, who admitted on Thursday in the Belgian paddock that they haven't ruled the Finn out for 2014.

Whilst Raikkonen's manager, Steve Robertson, has poured cold water on the possibility of the 33-year-old replacing Mark Webber, it's believed he met with Helmut Marko on Thursday for last minute discussions.

Horner stoked the fire, telling Reuters that he "wouldn't rule anything out at the moment."

He added: "As far as I'm aware he hasn't signed a contract with anyone yet."

When pressed on the matter further and asked if Raikkonen remains on the list of candidates for the seat, he replied: "That's up to him.

"I think Kimi's manager's ruled him out...I've only seen what you've seen, only read what you've written."

According to several Finnish reports, Raikkonen has already admitted during a meeting with friends that he will be back at Ferrari next season - though the credibility of the source isn't known.

Meanwhile, Horner admitted a decision would likely come before or around the Italian Grand Prix.

"It's not going to be much longer, I would have thought. By Monza or shortly after Monza we should be clear."

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