Kimi Raikkonen believes Maurizio Arrivabene is "perfect" as Ferrari's new team principal.

Arrivabene was last week announced as Marco Mattiacci's replacement, while Mattiacci himself only took on the role in April after the departure of former team boss Stefano Domenicali. However, despite the upheaval at Maranello and a poor season in terms of results, Raikkonen said Arrivabene - who previously worked for Philip Morris - is the right man to pull the team out of its current situation.

"I've known Maurizio Arrivabene for a long time I believe he is an extremely competent person and perfect for the role of Team Principal that he has been given," Raikkonen said. "Maurizio has known Ferrari and the business of Formula 1 for a long time and I believe he has the ability to motivate and push the team back to the level it deserves to be at. Everyone in the team, in every area of activity will now have to tackle a lot of hard work to get the new car ready."

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Raikkonen will also have a new team-mate in 2015, with Sebastian Vettel having joined from Red Bull. With Vettel present at the Abu Dhabi test last week, Raikkonen said he's expecting the four time world champion to bring a strong work ethic to Ferrari.

"It was nice that he joined us in the garage for the first day of testing, although I have to say that didn't surprise me, because I know what he's like and his approach to work. I think we can enjoy ourselves on track together, both of us fighting to be ahead of the other, while also working as a team to reach the common target of progressing in order to get the Scuderia back to the level it should be at."