Nico Rosberg says he is relishing the "big challenge" of a ban on team radio, and doesn't believe it is aimed specifically at him.

Mercedes is one of the main users of team radio to inform its drivers of where they are losing time relative to one another, with Rosberg explaining that in the Bahrain Grand Prix team-mate Lewis Hamilton was being informed every time he changed settings to attempt an overtake. However, when asked if he felt the ban had been brought in in response to his radio messages, Rosberg replied: "Not at all, no.

"Also because I don't think it will particularly be a problem for me. I'm positive about it, I really think it's a good direction."

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But Rosberg did admit that it was likely to be "a big challenge" for all of the drivers to deal with the reduction in team radio.

"I don't know how it's going to impact. What's definitely the case is that it's a challenge because they can only tell me 20% of the stuff they used to tell me. So it's going to be a big challenge and I like challenges in general. For sure, it's good. Before was good also but the general trend to become more pure racing I think is good, because there's always the risk of overcomplicating things a bit too much, especially for the people watching us; the fans, on TV or wherever.

"It's already difficult sometimes for them to understand the sport with strategy and this and that. I think it's a good direction to simplify and I'm all for it. I will do my very best to try to seize the moment and try to do a good job with it. I spent a whole day in the simulator the other day preparing for it. It's a lot, for sure. You can imagine that even in the formation lap they would talk constantly without even stopping, and now it's zero! So it's a big change."

After a relatively trouble-free Italian Grand Prix between the two Mercedes drivers, Rosberg praised the team's management for the way it had handled the fallout from their collision at Spa but is expecting more flashpoints in future.

"It's going to be like that all the time. There's going to be ups and downs, more difficult periods, better periods, and we're fortunate because in Toto and Paddy we have really good management which is important in such an intense battle which we have internally. Good management is really crucial I think, so that's good in that sense. It will continue to be intense and hopefully a great battle."