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FIFA puts brakes on Nico Rosberg's World Cup tribute helmet

Updated: Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 12:45 | Comments

Nico Rosberg had planned on featuring an image of the World Cup trophy on his helmet at Hockenheim Rosberg goes into his home grand prix as world championship leader
Nico Rosberg had planned on featuring an image of the World Cup trophy on his helmet at Hockenheim Rosberg goes into his home grand prix as world championship leader

Nico Rosberg has been forced to change his helmet design ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix after upsetting football's world governing body FIFA.

Following Germany's fourth World Cup triumph on Sunday via their 1-0 victory over Argentina at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Rosberg had planned to celebrate over the course of his home race at Hockenheim.

On Tuesday the current Formula One world championship leader tweeted a picture of the helmet, resplendent with the colours of the German national flag and four stars to indicate the number of times they have been crowned champions.

Pertinently, and on top of the helmet, was an image of the World Cup itself.

FIFA, however, caught wind of the situation and contacted Rosberg's manager Georg Nolte to inform him his driver would have to remove the image due to an infringement of its intellectual property rights.

It is understood the new helmet will figure the four stars far more prominently, complete with each of the years Germany have won the trophy.

Mercedes, meanwhile, are also marking the occasion with a special message on the side of their paddock motorhome.

In giant white letters are the words "Das Beste" (The Best), followed by "Wir gratulieren unserer Nationalmannschaft zum Titelgewinn" which translates as "We congratulate our national team on winning the title".

There is also the crest of the German national team along with the four stars, albeit with the fourth replace by the three-pointed emblem of Mercedes.

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