Formula 1 drivers’ championship leader Nico Rosberg has had to ditch plans to put an image of the World Cup on his helmet for the upcoming German Grand Prix following a complaint from FIFA.
The German driver wanted to commemorate his country’s World Cup win with a specially designed helmet that also featured the German colors.
FIFA reportedly complained that featuring the trophy on the helmet would breach its “intellectual property” rights.
Rosberg will race instead with a modified helmet featuring four golden stars, one for each of Germany’s World Cup wins.
“It’s amazing that even a trophy has a trademark,” Rosberg said on Thursday. “I was surprised but of course I understand. It’s a pity because the helmet looked really cool with the trophy on top. It’s been replaced by a big star. No one can take that away. The star belongs to us!”
Earlier the driver tweeted: “a shame,i would have loved to carry the trophy as a tribute to the guys.but of course I respect the legal situation.”
Rosberg leads the championship by four points from Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.