Christian Horner is the team boss at Red Bull Racing. (Photo: Getty Images)

is the team boss at Racing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Christian Horner insists that Red Bull still hasn’t made its mind up on a replacement for , despite strong suggestions in the paddock that Daniel Ricciardo will get the job.

Horner has always preferred the option of an experienced driver, while others in the camp want to promote a Red Bull protégé.

“We’ve always said we’re going to take the summer to consider what the options are,” Horner told BBC Radio. “We haven’t been short of options, and of course it’s a fundamental decision as to who will replace Mark, and it’s important we make the right decision. A decision will be made by the end of the European season.”

Regarding who might now be on that list, he said: “I’m not going to tell you that, am I? There are plenty of options. We’re in the fortunate position of where there are an awful lot of drivers who’d obviously like to drive a Red Bull car. We’ve also got two very talented youngsters in the junior team. We’ve had a good look at Daniel Ricciardo at a recent test, who did a very good job, but before we finalize it, we’re going to use the time prudently to make sure we make the right decision.”

Meanwhile, Horner was coy on the prospects for , despite the Finn’s management last week ruling him out of the RBR running.

“Kimi’s a great driver, and, for sure, he’s going to be in in one of the top teams next year. We just have to wait and see which one.”