A text from Michael Schumacher's family congratulating him on Ferrari's victory in Malaysia made Maurizio Arrivabene cry, the team principal has revealed.

Just two races into his role as team principal with the iconic team, Arrivabene is celebrating helming the team's return to race winning glory after Sebastian Vettel triumphed in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Despite the visible emotion exerted by Vettel, Arrivabene admits he was intentionally remaining composed so as not to get carried away, that is until a text from the Schumacher family set him off.

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"I was trying all the time to stay cool," he told Sport Bild. "But then a text message made me cry."

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm reportedly sent the message from her client's house. According to Arrivabene earlier this year, Kehm was instrumental in persuading Vettel to leave Red Bull for Ferrari over the winter.

The most successful F1 driver of all time, Schumacher enjoyed much of his success with Ferrari, picking up five of his seven titles there between 1996 and 2006. Arrivabene worked with him during his days working at Marlboro.

The 46 year-old was seriously injured in a skiing accident in December 2013, leaving him brain damaged. After several months in hospital, he is now continuing his rehabilitation at home, though his exact condition has never been officially communicated.