Maurizio Arrivabene has hailed Kimi Raikkonen's run to second position in the Bahrain Grand Prix, saying the result proves Ferrari has 'two strong drivers'.

Though he has made notable strides when compared with a dismal 2014 season, Raikkonen has spent the early part of the 2015 season racing in the shadow of incoming team-mate Sebastian Vettel, particularly after the German's win in Malaysia.

However, Raikkonen took his moment to shine in Bahrain, making an alternative tyre strategy work to come on strong in the closing laps and snatch second place for his first podium since the 2013 Korean Grand Prix, a result the team principal celebrated.

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"I am delighted. I am happy for Kimi because now we have two drivers and this is what I am looking for. "I'm happy for Kimi because now I can say officially that Kimi is back and we have two strong drivers."

Looking back at the race, Arrivabene says Vettel was originally set to use the same strategy as Raikkonen, but it was switched to a more conservative approach early on in the race.

"We had a clear strategy for the two drivers and then Seb made two little mistakes. The big one was at the beginning so we were obliged to change the strategy for Seb. Kimi, we told to follow our strategy.

"At a certain point he was not really convinced and we said 'no, we stay as we are' and he was brave enough and disciplined enough to follow. It was a good result.

"Regarding Seb, I have to say he made two big mistakes but we don't have to forget what he has done up to now. He won one race and two podiums so sometimes it happens. We are humans, thank God and that is the beauty of the sport."