Friday, Sep 19, 2014

FIFA stops Nico Rosberg from using World Cup trophy picture on helmet

The helmet which was in the middle of the controversy was posted by Rosberg himself on his Twitter account. (Source: Twitter) The helmet which is in the middle of the controversy;  an image  was posted by Rosberg himself on his Twitter account. (Source: Twitter)
Reuters | Hockenheim | Posted: July 17, 2014 8:02 pm

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 It’s been replaced by a big star.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.

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