Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene kept his emotions in control while his driver Sebastian Vettel was storming to the race win at the Malaysian GP, but the Italian could not hold his tears back when he got a message from Switzerland.
Ferrari made a breakthrough last weekend with their first victory after almost two years. Arrivabene has been part of the Ferrari family for many years as he was in charge of representing the team’s sponsor Marlboro, hence he knows Michael Schumacher very well.
"I was trying all the time to stay cool," the Italian told Sport Bild.
He was, however, touched by a certain text message which he got from Schumacher’s manager, Sabine Kehm.
"But then a text message made me cry."
The German magazine revealed that Kehm watched the Malaysian GP at the great German’s home in Switzerland at the side of Schumacher’s wife Corinna.
Arrivabene told that he recognized similarities between Schumacher and Vettel.
"When I noticed it for the first time," he admitted, "I was very emotional."
The Italian,however, emphasized that the two drivers are of different character, but the maturity, the work ethics and the way how they want the team to work are comparable.
"They have different natures, different personalities," said Arrivabene, "but the way Sebastian approaches his work - delving into every detail of how he can motivate everyone and criticise constructively - reminds me of Michael.
"Both share the same cultural background and this perfectionism, which they have brought to Ferrari," Arrivabene added.