Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has denied a claim by Mark Webber that Daniel Ricciardo has been signed by the Anglo- Austrian team for 2014.
Speaking before the Belgian Grand Prix, the Le Mans bound Webber told Australian TV the decision had been made over his successor and that the move was "good for him and good for Australia".
However, Horner was quick to deny that claim: "I have never known a driver sign another driver.
"We have not yet made a decision," he insisted, according to Express newspaper.
Despite that rebuttal British broadcaster Sky reported in Belgium that indeed a deal has been with Ricciardo and that the final announcement will come in the next few days.
Though Horner dismissed that: "We will take a couple of weeks to think things over," he insisted.
"It's not a football transfer window, so no rush," he told the BBC.
As for Ricciardo himself he too expressed his surprise at Webber's announcement before also denying a deal had been done.
"He really said that?" the Toro Rosso driver was quoted on Sunday by Russia's f1news.ru.
"We all know Mark -- he likes to make predictions, sometimes they are right, sometimes they're not.
"It's nice that he supports me, so I take his words as a compliment.
"But I'm sure if I had a contract, I would know about it. I don't think we're going to have to wait long for the team, but I still haven't heard anything," added Ricciardo.
As for the man Webber's replacement will partner at Red Bull next year, Sebastian Vettel, fresh of his easy win at Spa, admitted he wasn't sure how competitive his car would be at Monza in a few weeks.
"It's very difficult to predict," said the reigning triple world champion.
"We had some painful years (at Monza), where we just got hammered down the straights, and we've had years where the loss down the straight was limited, so we could come back in the corners.
"How it turns out to be this year is difficult to say," added Vettel.
What Vettel is eluding too is Red Bull's famously poor record at the Italian circuit where top speed plays a much more important role than speed in the corners, many had expected Red Bull to struggle at Spa, though by running less downforce the team was actually fastest in the speed trap as oppose to one of the slowest.
As for Red Bull's chief designer Adrian Newey he too is unsure whether such a compromise in Monza is possible.
"I think Monza could be a difficult circuit for us," he is quoted by Italy's Autosprint. "There are a lot of straights and not so many corners."
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