Nico Rosberg has been forced to change his helmet design for the German Grand Prix after FIFA banned his original one.

Following Germany's World Cup victory in Brazil on Sunday, Rosberg was due to wear a special tribute helmet in his home race at Hockenheim this weekend which featured the national flag and the World Cup trophy on the top.

However, FIFA has now told Rosberg he cannot use the image of the trophy because it would be a breach of intellectual property rights, forcing him to remove it from the design. As a result Rosberg will run an updated design featuring four stars; one for each World Cup title the German national team has won.

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Rosberg's agent Georg Nolte confirmed the change on Twitter:

In 2006, Giancarlo Fisichella wore a special tribute helmet featuring the World Cup trophy after Italy won the tournament held in Germany.


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I'd leave a black silhouette of the trophy there to spite FIFA.

Another sad example of the selfish society today.

Too bad he didn't keep it secret and just wore it Sunday. Can't really ban it after the fact.