German Formula 1 racer Nico Rosberg had told the world about the helmet he intended to wear on Sunday at Hockenheimring, to celebrate the fourth World Championship for Germany: a black-red-gold background with a representation of the World Cup and four stars:
FIFA was not pleased with such homage: the golden cup is a registered trademark. Whether reproducing it on a helmet is use as a trademark would be an interesting point for discussion (though there would still be the question of copyright). But Rosberg’s team did not go into any such discussion, but rather accepted FIFA’s hint. Rosberg is thus racing with the colours of the German flag, and four stars, but without reproducing the World Cup.