FIFA orders Rosberg to remove trophy from helmet
|17 July 2014 by TF1T Staff||Tweet
Nico Rosberg has been forced to amend his special German Grand Prix helmet in celebration of Germany's latest World Cup win.
The Mercedes driver had shown off his one-off helmet on Twitter, where an image of the World Cup trophy could be seen on the top, but it has now been replaced with a star after football's governing body contacted Rosberg and asked that he remove it.
"A shame, I would have loved to carry the trophy as a tribute to the guys. But of course I respect the legal situation," he later said.
"The world cup as a trademark - these are the kind of things you have to think of. It's amazing.
"I've replaced it now with a big star and no one can take that away. The star is ours," he exclaimed.
Whilst FIFA has confirmed it was behind the change, it's believed Mercedes rival Hyundai actually initiated the complaint as they hold the rights to use the image as the World Cup's official sponsor.