Kimi Raikkonen insists he is yet to decide where he will drive next season, saying Mark Webber's announcement that he will quit F1 won't affect his choice.
The Finn's contract with Lotus runs out at the end of the season and Red Bull's bosses have made no secret of the fact that they are big admirers of his driving skills.
Webber's confirmation on Thursday that he will leave Formula One at the end of the year has led to an increase in speculation that Raikkonen could end up as Sebastian Vettel's team-mate at Milton Keynes next season.
Raikkonen, though, says he has not made a decision about his future.
"I still don't have an answer for what will happen next year, it hasn't changed since the last two races," he is quoted as saying by adamcooperf1.com. "Obviously people will be talking more about chances but it doesn't really change what I will do next year or what my decisions are, even if there is obviously an open place.
"I have no contract, which is normal in F1. I have nothing to tell people unless there is something certain on paper, and then I will tell immediately because for me it's much easier, everybody stops asking the same question. Until I have something I can't answer...
"I think whatever the decision will be will not be an easy one. It's never easy. It's not the first time that there are different options on the table, then you take the one that you thing is right for you at the moment. It's hard to say if it's the right or wrong decision, but then you have to live with it, whatever it is..."
As for the possibility of teaming up with three-time World Champion Vettel next year, Raikkonen said: "I have no problem to race with anybody. I've never been in a position to choose who I drive with, so it doesn't change anything. If would happen obviously it would be more easy than some other years."