FIFA put a stop to Rosberg’s World Cup helmet

2014 German Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg's original 2014 German Grand Prix World Cup helmetNico Rosberg has been forced to remove an image of the World Cup trophy from his helmet following an intervention by football’s governing body, FIFA.

Rosberg had announced he would wear a special helmet to commemorate the German football team’s victory in the tournament last week. He revealed a designed on Twitter which included an image of the trophy awarded to the World Cup winners.

However on Thursday Rosberg confirmed he had altered the design to remove the image of the trophy, the design of which is a FIFA trademark.

“A shame, I would have loved to carry the trophy as a tribute to the guys,” said Rosberg on Twitter, “but of course I respect the legal situation”.

Rosberg’s helmet will now feature four gold stars marking each of Germany’s football successes.

Nico Rosberg's revised 2014 German Grand Prix World Cup helmet

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52 comments on FIFA put a stop to Rosberg’s World Cup helmet

  1. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 17th July 2014, 15:52

    There aren’t many organisations that you can say are more rediculous than the FIA but in FIFA, you have a prime example.

  2. Torque said on 17th July 2014, 15:54

    Everyone seems to be blaming FIFA but I think the FIFA’s hands were more or less tied in that manner.
    Hyundai is the official sponsor of the World Cup, which means they have a contract with FIFA. From what I read it was Hyundai who told the FIFA that they don’t want an official World Cup logo an the helmet of a Mercedes works driver (which is understandable). So FIFA had more or less no other choice than to forbid its usage.

    FIFA may not be a very sympathic organisation, but I belive that without Hyundai they would have allowed it.

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 17th July 2014, 16:21

      Which would make sense, except there’s no Hyundai logo on the cup trophy, at least not as depicted on the helmet design.

      • Nick (@npf1) said on 17th July 2014, 16:47

        Hyundai pay to be associated with the image of the World Cup. Rosberg having it on his helmet associates Mercedes with the image of the World Cup.

        You can liken it to Michele Alboreto being let go from Tyrrell because he was backed by Marlboro and Camel started sponsoring Tyrrell. If you’re paying for your name to be associated with something, you don’t want a competing business to get the same for free/less.

  3. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 17th July 2014, 16:02

    I just wonder how much exposure the helmet would have got, if the FIFA did not intervened and how much it got now that the FIFA did intervene…

    I like the cheekiness in the move, particularly the wording of the rationale.

  4. David Welter Ribeiro said on 17th July 2014, 17:50

    Considering the design of the world cup, this is actually an improvement.

  5. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 17th July 2014, 18:34

    So, he’s german after all…..

  6. maxthecat said on 17th July 2014, 19:50

    I suspect it won’t be long until this site is issued with a take-down notice of the helmet pic. That’s FIFA.

  7. DominikWilde (@dominikwilde) said on 17th July 2014, 19:54

    The funny thing is, this debacle has probably generated even more attention around the subject than there would have been otherwise.

  8. Jason (@jason12) said on 17th July 2014, 19:59

    That’s a very nice helmet.

    It looked so much better and appropriate with the Cup on top.

  9. reg said on 17th July 2014, 22:22

    Lewis should put a picture of his Silverstone 10£ Santander trophy on his helmet just for fun.

  10. Bobby (@f1bobby) said on 18th July 2014, 9:23

    A lawyer was asked if he would like to become a Jehovah’s Witness. He declined, as he hadn’t seen the accident, but said he would still be interested in taking the case.

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