Maurizio Arrivabene has challenged Bernie Ecclestone to take his pass away in response to a jibe in which he F1 supremo said the Ferrari chief was 'a character for himself and not F1'.

Arrivabene has cut a striking figure as the new team principal of Ferrari so far in 2015, his relationship with the media, his unusual one-liners and bold presence in the paddock making him arguably a more visible member of the paddock than his predecessors Stefano Domenicali and Marco Mattiacci.

However, it isn't a view shared by everyone, with Ecclestone rejecting him as good figurehead for the promotion of the sport, by saying his character is more for himself than F1. It is a critique that Arrivabene has subsequently shrugged off, saying he isn't bothered if Ecclestone likes him or not.

"I don't hear nothing about this, but you can tell Mr Ecclestone he can take my pass away tomorrow morning if he wants," he said lifting up his paddock pass. "If he doesn't like me, then fine, what can I do? I'm not going to change because he is asking me to change."

Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg played down Ecclestone's comments directed at himself - which originated in joint interview with the Mercedes driver -, saying he understands why he isn't considered 'good business' for F1.

"None of that surprises me because he's been very open about that all the time; criticising anyone who is not as out there in the world like Lewis is in his manner.

"The more you are out there the better it is because you create more attention and all the rest of it, which is obvious because he's the commercial rights holder and that's what he wants, he wants some movement out there.

"Lewis does a lot of that in his own way and I'm a bit more reserved in that sense, so it's not something that surprises me. I understand his opinion, everybody does because it's a pretty straightforward thing, but at the same time I do care for the sport and I do think about it and I try to give a lot back to it in my own way.

"You can never do enough for what the fans give us, none of us do enough to give back and thank them."


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