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Raikkonen: Still waiting for Red Bull reply

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Kimi Raikkonen, the hottest property in the driver market this season, has revealed that the reported break-down of talks between him and Red Bull regarding their vacant seat next season has been a result of Red Bull failing to get back to him.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Spa GP, Raikkonen's comments come a day after Red Bull Principal Christian Horner refused to rule out Raikkonen from the seat's contenders, despite the rumours. 

However Raikkonen clarified that talks had 'ended' after Red Bull had not replied back to the Iceman's Management.

"I've had no answer from them and I will see what happens," Raikkonen said. "You will have to really ask them what they will do; I don't know any better than you guys … We haven't heard anything for a while, so obviously that's not the ideal situation but that's how it is."

He is looking to move from Lotus, wary of their financial issues that hinder their in-season development, which obviously affects his Championship charge. Although they've signed on some new sponsors, Lotus still have some financial issues.

Raikkonen confirmed that Lotus have still not paid up his salary, and it would be a big issue determining whether or not he decides to stay. He is however, hopeful of a resolution soon, talking about the issue: 

"Not as it should, but hopefully those things get sorted quickly."

Raikkonen was favourite to replace the outgoing Webber but things seemed gloomy after Kimi's manager revealed that talks between the two parties had broken down. This had put Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo in the hot seat.

However, with Horner's and Raikkonen's comments it becomes clear that there has been no clear decision yet, and he could still well be in the race.

On his rumoured return to his former team Ferrari, the Iceman had a typically vague answer:

"There's not much I can tell you other than that until there is anything 100% sure I don't have anything to tell. There's a lot of talk that I'm supposed to go to McLaren. I read somewhere that it's Ferrari one day and it's Lotus the next day so … I still don't have a contract so what else can I say?" he said.

To give the reporters something to speculate on further, Kimi cast further mystery over his absence from the press conference yesterday. The Iceman had called in sick, but there were rumours suggesting his absence was related to his future move.

"You would ask me the same questions today that you would have asked yesterday. There's always reasons for things but I don't have to tell you all of those things."

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