Vettel, Raikkonen defend Arrivabene amid rumors about future

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Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have backed team principal Maurizio Arrivabene amid paddock speculation that he could be replaced in the near future.

Arrivabene joined Ferrari as team principal at the beginning of the 2015 season, helping to turn its fortunes around and become a race-winning operation once again.

However, with Mercedes enjoying a strong start to the season and Ferrari looking incapable of mounting a serious challenge in 2016, there have been doubts about Arrivabene’s future, with technical director James Allison linked with the team principal role.

Speaking on Friday in Barcelona, both Vettel and Raikkonen heaped praise upon their team boss, believing him to be the best man for the job.

“I know there have been some rumours and some bulls**t lately, but we are very happy that he is with us and not with somebody else,” Vettel said.

“He is reachable, accessible for all the people. He spends a lot of time with the team, not just here but also in Maranello.”

Raikkonen even went as far as calling Arrivabene the best boss he has ever had in F1.

“He is the best team boss I have ever had,” Raikkonen said.

“I think he is exactly the right guy for this job and he does a good job.

“We are good together and we will get where we want to go, but it is not always easy to go.”