German magazine Sport Bild reported that Daniel Ricciardo to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull for 2014 Formula One season.
Last British Grand Prix weekend Mark Webber confirmed that he would be leaving Red Bull and Formula 1 at the end of the season following he set move to Porsche’s newly-revived LMP1 programme.
Former F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and even Sebastian Vettel’s long-time rival Fernando Alonso had also been linked to the Red Bull opportunity, with Webber exit from Formula 1.
According to German publication Sport Bild, the team has refused to deny that Ricciardo is on the verge of signing for the team whilst making more vocal comments over the probability of Fernando Alonso or Kimi Raikkonen making the move. Team advisor Helmut Marko has also marked the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps as being the date after which more information will become apparent.
“We won’t say anything before Spa – that’s all I can say,” Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko told Sport Bild.
After the first-half of the season, defending world champion Sebastian Vettel leads the drivers’ title with 172 points ahead of second-placed Raikkonen on 134.