Team orders have been around for about as long as Formula 1 has, whether that's Tony Brooks handing over his Vanwall to Stirling Moss at Aintree in 1957 or Valtteri Bottas letting Lewis Hamilton win the Russian Grand Prix 61 years later.
"I reckon the German team's decision was the right one", Brawn said of Mercedes."The primary aim for a team is to get the best possible result for both championships, and that's what they did". I can't fight any more for the Championship.
"Like some of the fans, I am definitely split (on team orders), but it has happened, it is done and dusted, and collectively as a team we still stay united through the experience".
Lewis Hamilton had a lot of sympathy for Bottas as well as he was seen consoling his teammate after the race and at the podium.
"I don't arrive here thinking that Valtteri has to work for me, ' he added".
Although Vettel trails Hamilton by 50 points in the drivers' championship with just five races left this season, he denied that this Sunday presents his last chance to dent the Briton's lead and mount a realistic title challenge. How, with 125 points still to play for, has this happened to the German driver and his team which have had a superior auto for most of the season?
Speaking before the Japanese Grand Prix, Hamilton said he was not comfortable with team orders but felt proud of how he had driven this season. Now Mercedes have got a two-race buffer for Lewis Hamilton not to finish and for Sebastian Vettel to win and they'll still be even-stevens, which wouldn't have been the case had there not been the call. "Winning is everything, but that time will come later".
"Now, you never know where you are in comparison with the others, maybe they have done smaller steps or bigger steps, I don't know".
Ferrari have had what is widely regarded as the faster auto for most of the season, yet Mercedes have started nine races from pole position to the Italian team's six. So unlike in football or other sports, everyone works towards one goal, there are two goals here and you are conflicted trying to achieve those two goals because only one driver can win and yet there are two drivers, and there is a team championship you want to win.
"I'm sure he had more fun last weekend than I had", said Vettel, a four-time Formula One champion with Red Bull from 2010 to 2013.
"I love the track, this is my favourite track in the world, so I better enjoy it and not spoil it by starting to count things that probably are against me and focus on the things that are working for me".
"We haven't lost direction".
"I think we've made progress with our vehicle, the steps we have planned, the steps have been coming". Sounds like "now or never" to us. "Of course you would like to be further ahead with more performance, but that's the same for everyone".