Mercedes did not intend to pit team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas against each other in the Japanese Grand Prix, Toto Wolff said.
Sebastian Vettel paid the price for a poor start from pole as Valtteri Bottas claimed his third win of the season at Suzuka.
Ferrari had a forgettable first lap, with a frustrated Sebastian Vettel slow off the line and Charles Leclerc hitting Max Verstappen.
Mercedes won a sixth straight constructors' title in Japan, delighting race winner Valtteri Bottas.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets in qualifying for Sunday's race.
Eddie Irvine believes Charles Leclerc is Ferrari's best driver and feels not favouring the youngster is costing the Formula One team.
FIFA, Monopoly and craft modelling were just some of the ways F1 drivers spent their rare time off at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Mercedes could win the constructors' championship at a Japanese Grand Prix that has already been impacted by Typhoon Hagibis.
Mercedes are on the brink of another constructors' title, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton impressing again in practice at Suzuka.
Qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka was moved to Sunday due to the approach of Typhoon Hagibis.