Nico Rosberg revealed Mercedes did not discuss the possibility of enforcing team orders on its drivers prior to the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Rosberg was unhappy at being told not to overtake Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages of the race and repeatedly complained to team principal Ross Brawn on the radio during the final stint.
“The difficulty was that we hadn’t really discussed them beforehand and so that was a mistake that we did,” said Rosberg in the press conference prior to the Chinese Grand Prix.
“What’s important going forward is that everything is discussed and then whichever way it goes, if I’m in front and Lewis is behind, 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 at the team.”
Rosberg added he never considered disobeying the order to stay behind Hamilton: “At the end of the race I didn’t have that thought, no. I decided well before to fully respect the instructions that Ross had given me.”
However he firmly believes he has equal status with Hamilton and expects that will become obvious in the near future: “Very confident. No number one or number two. Extremely confident. But you can also answer that yourself in a few weeks’ time, one month’s time, that question.”
2013 Malaysian Grand Prix
- Horner: Vettel and Webber have a “healthy rivalry”
- Webber wins Malaysian GP Driver of the Weekend
- Red Bull gives up on team orders as Vettel admits he would defy them again
- Malaysia retirement no concern for Alonso
- Massa: Red Bull’s team orders not “intelligent”
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