Kimi Raikkonen, has been out of the race for the Red Bull seat for some time his manager Steve Robertson has claimed.

Along with Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi was the front-runner for Mark Webber's seat, which will he will vacate when the Australian leaves the sport next season.

"The negotiations with Red Bull were not successful and ended some time ago," Robertson is quoted by Turun Sanomat.

It was Kimi's choice to make, though. Having had two strong seasons with Lotus following his comeback to F1, the Iceman has been in impressive form, finishing third in the Championship last year, and currently running second.

However, a move for next year would be hard to judge for anyone given the new technical regulations set to change the sport, which leaves no one as favourites.

This pretty much clears the way for Daniel Riccirado to be Mark Webber's replacement.

The Australian is having a good season so far, with Red Bull's sister team Toro Rosso. Fernando Alonso, had also thrown his hat in the mix, but the Ferrari team shot down those claims.

Red Bull are expected to announce their next driver at Spa, the coming weekend, which will clear the air.

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