'Team order situation settled' – Rosberg
11 April 2013 – Nico Rosberg says there will no longer be any in-race grief or confusion over team orders at Mercedes, with discussions taking place after the German was instructed to hold position behind podium-finishing team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia.
Rosberg, who had been closing in rapidly on Hamilton before Team Principal Ross Brawn halted his progress, has explained that the biggest mistake his outfit made last time out was failing to discuss the range of potential scenarios before the race.
"We have discussed it and it is all sorted for the future which is important," explained Rosberg. "The difficulty was that we hadn't really discussed them before hand; that is the mistake that we made.
"So it is important going forward that everything is discussed and then whichever way it goes, if I'm in front and Lewis is behind and he respects it and vice-versa, then it is OK. As long as we are prepared for it and it is discussed and understood then that is the important thing. That is a mistake we made as a team."
Rosberg also insisted that disobeying orders was not an option at Sepang, despite his natural racing instincts: "I decided to fully respect the instructions Ross gave me."
Moving on to discuss his chances at Shanghai this weekend, Rosberg says he is confident of achieving a large points haul following his past success at the venue.
"I am really looking forward to this weekend," he said. "I am massively motivated. I have led the race here for the last three years and finally won it last year, so this track works really well for me and the car. I am confident I can get a really good result here."