Nico Rosberg wants Mercedes to ensure it fully discusses all team orders in advance in the future after his frustration in the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Rosberg was catching third-placed team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages of the race but was asked by team boss Ross Brawn to hold position.
The German questioned the decision repeatedly on team radio, but obeyed the order and came home fourth.
Rosberg said his main gripe had been that the instructions came out of the blue.
"The difficulty was that we hadn't really discussed them beforehand. That was the mistake that we did," he said.
"So going forward the important thing is that really everything is discussed.
"Whichever way it goes, if I'm in front and Lewis is behind, then he will respect it, and vice versa, then it's all OK.
"As long as one is prepared for it and it's discussed and understood, that's the important thing."
The Mercedes team controversy was overshadowed by the 'multi 21' row unfolding between the Red Bull team-mates at the head of the field, as Sebastian Vettel ignored instructions and snatched the win from Mark Webber.
Rosberg underlined that he would never have considered disobeying a team order even if he did not agree with it.
"I'd decided well before to fully respect the instructions that Ross had given me," he said.
Hamilton has cancelled his media engagements for Thursday in China and returned to his hotel due to illness.