Nico Rosberg admits that Mercedes needs to discuss any team orders in advance in future races having been surprised by the calls that were made during the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Although largely overshadowed by what happened at Red Bull, Mercedes also employed team orders at Sepang having told Rosberg to hold station behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton despite appearing to be quicker on track during the closing stages of the race.
Rosberg questioned the call before following the orders given from the pit wall and – speaking to the press in Shanghai – he admitted it was the way the call had come through that had led to any frustration on his part.
“The difficulty was that we hadn't really discussed them beforehand,” he said, “and so that was the mistake that we did. So, it's important going forward that everything is discussed and then whichever way it goes, if I'm in front and Lewis is behind then he will respect it and vice versa. Then it's OK.
“As long as one is prepared for it and it's discussed well and understood, that's the important thing and that's the main mistake we did as a team.
“We've definitely discussed it and it's all sorted for the future, which is important.”
Asked if he thought of doing against the orders given, Rosberg said it hadn't even been considered.
“I didn't have that thought, no,” he said. “I had decided well before to fully respect the instructions that Ross had given me.”