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Daniel Ricciardo to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull

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Mark Webber has let slip the announcement that Daniel Ricciardo will be his replacement at Red Bull in 2014.

The straight-talking Webber revealed the news to Australian TV ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

"The decision's made. We all know who it is. I'm happy with that decision. It's good for him and good for Australia," he told Channel 10.

All weekend questions and speculation has been flying as F1's 'silly season' got back into full swing, but Red Bull boss Christian Horner has dismissed claims a deal has been done insisting Finn Kimi Raikkonen remained on the radar, however it does now seem a formality.

If Webber has revealed the news it will certainly cause uproar within the Red Bull team who, through Horner, have tried to portray everything as still up in the air, but more importantly this 'announcement' will switch focus back to Ferrari where Raikkonen has been linked.

Though Lotus owner Gerard Lopez expects the Finn to remain with the Enstone-based team, believing a deal with the 2007 champion will be done soon.

"We already talk a lot," said Lopez. "As long as we are able to give him what he wants and we can react calmly, I believe we can reach an agreement quickly."

However speculation in the paddock is claiming Raikkonen wants certain guarantees with Lotus, one of which being a closer partnership with engine supplier Renault as Red Bull link up more heavily with title sponsor Infiniti.

"We do not need to give any guarantees," Lopez insists. "We are very competitive.

"Rather, the question is about next season. We are very close to reaching an agreement with Renault.

"I believe that we have very good chances. We've done a good job to give Kimi what he wants."

The news from Lotus contradicts earlier reports that Raikkonen had already inked a contract to rejoin Ferrari but Kimi's manager Steve Robertson also dismissed that claim.

"It's a load of rubbish," he told the broadcaster MTV3.

"We are in the same place as we were a month ago in Hungary -- we do not have an agreement," Robertson insisted.

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