Nico Rosberg says things are 'sorted' at Mercedes after team order discussions
German was instructed not to pass Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia
By William Esler. Last Updated: 11/04/13 10:09am
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg said he is happy with the driver status at Mercedes and is also confident that there is an equality between the two drivers.
Nico Rosberg says there are no hard feelings at Mercedes after holding discussions with the team having been instructed not to pass Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia.
The German was heard arguing with Team Principal Ross Brawn on the radio during the race, insisting he was quicker than the 2008 World Champion, who had been told to save fuel.
Ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, Rosberg says he now understands the reasons he was told to hold station, but feels the team should have discussed such a scenario ahead of the race.
"We have discussed it and it is all sorted for the future which is important," he said in the Drivers' Press Conference.
"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 that and vice-versa, then it is OK.
"As long as we are prepared for it and it is discussed well and understood then that is the important thing and that is a mistake we made as a team."
The Silver Arrows were not the only outfit to make the headlines for team orders in Malaysia - Sebastian Vettel ignored instructions to stay behind Mark Webber to take victory - but when asked, Rosberg said he was not tempted to ignore Brawn.
"No I decided to fully respect the instructions that Ross gave me," he responded.
The 27-year-old picked up his only F1 victory to date at last year's Chinese GP and he is hopeful of another strong showing on Sunday.
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"I am really looking forward to this weekend - I am massively motivated," Rosberg said.
"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 and I am confident I can get a really good result here."
However, with Mercedes' double-DRS concept now banned and a new generation of Pirelli tyres, it is not as simple as merely reusing last year's set up.
"It is not quite that easy - things evolve so quickly and with the different tyres we have this year, you cannot really compare," Robserg added.
"You just have to take it as it is and adapt to what you have this weekend. Working through Friday and Saturday morning is going to be crucial in order to have a great weekend."