Nico Rosberg says he is confident that there is no number one and no number two at Mercedes despite being asked to hold position behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia.
Rosberg, 27, was quicker than Hamilton, 28, in the closing stages in Sepang and asked if he could overtake the 2008 world champion.
However team principal Ross Brawn refused his request citing that Hamilton had been asked to back off due to concerns over fuel consumption.
Hamilton went on to finish third, scoring his first podium for the team and saying after the race that Rosberg deserved to be on the podium, with the German fourth.
The German’s current contract, which was signed before Hamilton agreed his deal, has a clause which guarantees equal status within the team.
If Hamilton has a clause giving him number one status, Rosberg’s contract would be breached.
Speaking in Shanghai ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, where he won his maiden Formula 1 race last year, Rosberg insisted he had been given assurances that both drivers had equal status.
He said: “I am very confident that there is number one and number two. Extremely confident. But you can also answer that question yourself in a few weeks’ time or months’ time.”
Rosberg repeatedly questioned the decision to hold position during the race at Sepang but said that came about because the team had not discussed the procedure of such a situation before the race.
He said: “The difficulty was that we hadn’t really discussed it beforehand. That was the mistake that we did. It’s important going forward that everything is discussed and then whichever way it goes, if I’m in front and Lewis is behind or vice-a-versa, we will respect it.
“As long as one is prepared for it, it’s discussed and it’s understood, that’s the important thing. That’s the main mistake we did as a team.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton cancelled his media commitments in Shanghai on Thursday, returning to his hotel due to illness.