Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has insisted that Daniel Ricciardo is not yet confirmed as Mark Webber's replacement next season.

He also refused to rule out Kimi Raikkonen, despite the Finn's manager claiming talks have broken down.

Kimi Raikkonen was the favourite to replace Webber at Red Bull, but after talks fell through, sister team Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo seemed set to be upgraded.

However, Horner has clarified that the decision is still pending, with many 'surprise' offers.

"You'd be surprised at the approaches that we've had, but I don't want to compromise any of the discussions that may or may not be happening," he told reporters. "Once we've made a clear commitment you will know about it."

"I wouldn't rule anything out at the moment," Horner added. "Until we finalise who is going to take the second seat there is nothing more to say. "

Speaking ahead of the Spa GP, Horner was calm and said that the team were in no hurry to find a replacement, given their standing in the paddock; and would use the time to evaluate the driver market.

The three times running Constructors' Champions have been linked with all major drivers on the track.

Talking about the reports suggesting that talks between Raikkonen and Red Bull had fallen through he said: "As far as I am aware he hasn't signed a contract with anyone yet.

"It's quite simple, once we are clear and fixed there will be an announcement very shortly [after]. You have to make sure you consider all the options and there are more options than you could possibly think.

"I've not had any discussions recently with Kimi. He's obviously decided he wants to go a specific route and that's his choice. Kimi's a quality driver obviously, but I don't think we are short of choice."

Seemingly the next most likely option for Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo, does not seem so obvious now: "Daniel's done a very good job in the test that he's done for us and the recent races that he's done for Toro Rosso.

"But that doesn't mean it's a foregone conclusion. It's a very important decision for us and we want to take the time to make the right decision and assess all the options. We are in a fortunate position where there are a lot of drivers that want to be in that car."

The statement was further highlighted when, Ricciardo during his interview, said that he had received no confirmation from Red Bull still. 

"I think I've learned that until something is signed, sealed, delivered then nothing is ever concrete," Ricciardo said.

"Particularly in this environment, or any elite sport or big business. Whether that's true or not, I don't know. Obviously there's still my team-mate Jean-Eric who as far as I'm concerned isn't out of the picture, and there's a lot of other F1 drivers on the grid with pretty good credentials. As I said, until something's done I'm not going to start celebrating or getting my hopes up."

Continuing about the expected offer: "It didn't come. Obviously there's a bit of excitement around; maybe everyone gets a bit bored on the August break - I get bored, don't worry - so nothing yet, nothing further to say from what I knew in Budapest.

"Until it comes from someone over that side, whichever decision they make, as far as I know I'm still here for this year and don't know anything about next year."

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is reportedly also interested in the seat, although the report is heavily speculated. The two time former World Champion, is keen to race for the dominant team and claim a third World title; having finished the runner-up twice with Ferrari.

There could be further twists in the tale though, with McLaren's Jenson Button revealing he hasn't yet inked a deal for 2014. The 2009 World Champion says, he has the contract, but nothing is signed yet.

A possible switch to the dominant Red Bull could put Button's faith in Mclaren under serious pressure and the Brit could make the move. This seems even likelier given Raikkonen's manager's claim that he has an offer from McLaren.

Horner has insisted that the team would come out with the decision soon, most likely to be out by the Monza GP in early September.

The Red Bull seat is one of the most lucrative offers to show up in recent times, and every racer on track would love to grasp it.

Besides Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Alonso and Button; Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg and Force India's Paul Di Resta, could also be in the hunt, both having performed consistently over the past year.

Hulkenberg has already decided to move away from Sauber, refusing to extend his contract; while diResta is also looking forward to a move up the field.

Kimi Raikkonen, oddly enough though, seems the favorite again with Sebastien Vettel also pinning his hopes on a possible union. Recruiting Raikkonen, would also thwart the threat of a rising Lotus team, which outgoing Red Bull driver Mark Webber identifies as their biggest threat.

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