Bottas 'one of many to contact me' claims Arrivabene

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene claims "many" drivers have contacted him about driving for the Italian team next season, amid rumours Ferrari could drop the struggling Kimi Raikkonen.

The Finnish driver sits fourth in the championship standings, but is already 48 points behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel after just eight races.

Raikkonen has mostly struggled during qualifying, with an average starting position of 7.5, but has also made mistakes during races, adding extra pressure when his contract is yet to be renewed.

Rumours have persistently linked Bottas to his seat and even claim Ferrari are willing to pay Williams to buy the Finn out of his deal which binds him to the Grove-based outfit in 2016.

Arrivabene however claims Bottas is just one of many who have contacted him and refused to be drawn on specific driver details.

"If I gave you the list of drivers who have called me since the start of the season [then] Bottas is one of many," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"The Ferrari is the car everyone dreams of driving, but there are only two seats and both are full."

When asked if Daniel Ricciardo, who impressed last season, was amongst those interested, he replied: "No. Perhaps he does not have my number."