Rosberg expects Hamilton to follow orders

Updated: Apr 11, 2013, 18:25 PM IST

Shanghai: Nico Rosberg said on Thursday that he fully expects Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to follow team orders, after the frustrated German missed out on a podium place by doing just that.

Rosberg was a dejected figure at the Malaysian Grand Prix last month after he obeyed instructions not to overtake his new stablemate Hamilton, who came home third but said that it should have been Rosberg`s podium place.

"We`ve definitely discussed it and it`s all clear for the future, which is important," Rosberg said ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday in Shanghai, where he celebrated his first race victory last year.

"The difficulty was that we had not really discussed it beforehand and that was the mistake that we made.

"So what`s important going forward is that everything is discussed and then whichever way it goes, if I am in front and Lewis is behind, then he will respect it or vice versa."

Team orders has been the hot topic in the sport after Sebastian Vettel ignored his Red Bull team to snatch victory from Mark Webber.

"As long as one is prepared for it and it`s discussed and well understood, that`s the important thing and that`s the mistake we made as a team," said Rosberg.

Asked if he was confident that there was genuine equality at Mercedes between himself and former world champion Hamilton, who only joined the team at the start of the season, Rosberg said: "Very confident.

"No number one, no number two. Extremely confident."