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Motor racing-Ferrari boss defends Raikkonen's new tattoo

SEPANG, Malaysia, April 6 (Reuters) - Ferrari team principal Jean Todt said on Friday he would readily dump a sponsor who was unhappy with his driver Kimi Raikkonen’s new tattoo.

The Finn got the tattoo on his right arm after he won his debut race for the Italian Formula One team in Australia last month.

When asked if he approved, Todt said he was fine with it as long as his driver was happy.

“I read about it. Of course, it was not part of the agenda, but the most important thing is our people,” Todt told a news conference after Friday’s free practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

“So, if Kimi is happy to put a tattoo on his face, it’s okay. If he asks me my opinion, I’d say better put it somewhere else so it is not so disruptive or cause problems for the future.

“There are lots of things, smiling or not smiling but I don’t care. If a sponsor would complain about the tattoo, I would prefer to change the sponsor to keep him happy.”