London: Kimi Raikkonen will not drive for F1 champions Red Bull next season after talks broke down, his manager said.
The Finn is out of contract at Lotus at the end of the season and was a leading contender to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull when the Australian moves over to endurance racing next year.
Fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo, from Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso, now looks most likely to get the 2014 seat alongside world champion and current standings leader Sebastian Vettel.
“Kimi will not be driving for Red Bull in 2014. We held some talks, but a deal will not be happening,” his manager Steve Robertson told a website.
A Red Bull announcement could come at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix when the season resumes after a break.
Robertson said that staying at Lotus was just one possibility for the 2007 world champion Raikkonen, who spent two years in rallying after being forced out of Ferrari in 2009. He has shone on his return to F1 with an unfashionable team.