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F1: Mercedes AMG teammates welcome ban on radio instructions

Title rivals and Mercedes AMG Formula 1 teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have welcomed the move to limit the pit wall’s communication with drivers from this weekend’s Grand Prix of Singapore - with each now hoping that the crackdown presents more chances to gain an on-track edge over the other.

In separate interviews with Sky Sports News HQ’s Craig Slater, Hamilton and Rosberg each expressed happiness that drivers would now effectively be left to their own devices in the car.

Rosberg even declared that the new communication ruling would encourage 'pure racing'.

Asked if he could personally profit from the change compared to Rosberg, the Briton said: “I hope so. I remember way back from when we were in karts, the cool thing in karting [is] you don’t have any data – or we didn’t back then. So no one could ever see where I was quick.

“Maybe that’s a little bit more of a step in that direction because now you have so much data you can see everything, everything I do, any trick that I have. Every driver in every team will see that from his teammate, but hopefully this is one step in that [other] direction.

His teammate Nico Rosberg explained that he spent a lot of the time in the driving simulator: “Yesterday at the factory in Brackley I was in the simulator, all day, practicing these different procedures and everything because I have to remember a lot more also. But I really think it’s good.”