Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari doesn't need Lewis Hamilton in its team when it has Sebastian Vettel already, suggesting he would rather sign a 'young, talented driver', potentially Valtteri Bottas.

Ferrari has enjoyed a turnaround of fortunes in 2015 with the signing of Vettel, a winner in the Malaysian Grand Prix, while Kimi Raikkonen is also enjoying a strong start to the year following his charge to the podium in Bahrain.

Even so, with Hamilton still yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with Mercedes, rumours of him potentially joining Ferrari refuse to go away, even if neither party has given a clear hint that a move as early as 2016 would be on the cards.

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However, Arrivabene has played down the likelihood of Ferrari eyeing up Hamilton, telling Bild that it is more interested in having an up-and-comer alongside its 'heavyweight' Vettel.

"Why do I need Lewis Hamilton when I have a heavyweight like [Sebastian] Vettel? I would rather look around for a young, talented driver to unite with Sebastian."

That 'young, talented driver' could well turn out to be Williams' Bottas, who is rumoured to have signed a pre-contract to join Ferrari in 2017. Though it isn't something Arrivabene was prepared to confirm, he certainly didn't deny it either.

"I promised in the pre-season that I would never lie to you [the media], but for this question it is too early to give a precise answer."

Meanwhile, Raikkonen's current deal with Ferrari ends at the end of 2015, though the team has the option to extend it by another year, which Arrivabene hints will happen if he keeps up his current level of performance.

"If he continues like this, we will extend for another year. But performance alone is only one thing - I also like how he and Seb work together. They even sometimes travel together, so these are things that do influence a decision."