“I have never known a driver sign another driver.”
Obviously referring to his young compatriot Ricciardo, Le Mans-bound Webber said just before Sunday’s Belgian grand prix that the news is “good for him and good for Australia”.
Red Bull team boss Horner, however, hit back: “I have never known a driver sign another driver.
“We have not yet made a decision,” he insisted, according to Express newspaper.
The British broadcaster Sky said at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, however, that Ricciardo has indeed been signed, with the news to be announced within days.
Horner also denied 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.
24-year-old Ricciardo also denied Webber’s news.
“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.