Nico Rosberg has been forced to alter his special World Cup helmet design ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring.
It had originally featured a picture of the World Cup trophy in celebration of Germany’s victory last weekend, but it has had to be changed after football’s governing body FIFA got involved.
“Any unauthorised use of the official marks not only undermines the integrity of the FIFA World Cup and its marketing programme, but also puts the interests of the worldwide football community at stake,” states the FIFA guidelines.
Rosberg was asked about the change in helmet design during today’s FIA press conference. “Yeah, all the things you have to think of, it’s amazing, even the trophy has its trademark. I was surprised, but of course I fully understand,” he said.
“It was a pity because it looked really cool with the trophy on the top. It’s replaced now with a big star, and no-one can take that away from us. That’s ours.”
Images courtesy of Nico Rosberg