- When Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg's helmet was stolen, he used social media to ask fans for help.
- "My race helmet got stolen out of the garage," he tweeted on Thursday. "Please help to find the thief."
- Rosberg also put photos of the helmet on his own Web site and asked fans to let him know if they see it for sale anywhere.
MONACO — When Nico Rosberg's helmet went missing, the Formula 1 driver took to social media in an effort to recover it.
"My race helmet got stolen out of the garage," he tweeted on Thursday. "Please help to find the thief."
In addition to Twitter, he also used his own Web site to reach fans and ask for help. There Rosberg posted several pictures of the Schuberth helmet, along with an image from a security camera showing the alleged thief standing next to his Mercedes racecar.
On the Web site, Rosberg wrote: "Hi everyone, my race helmet got stolen out of the security guarded team's garage at Nürburgring GP on Sunday at 1.51 a.m. Check the FIA picture of the thief. Let us know if any of you see one on eBay or somewhere else. I have never given out an original race helmet. So if you see one then let us know. Thanks. Nico."
Rosberg seems to have a penchant for helmet mishaps. In 2009, his lid was lifted at the Grand Prix in Brazil. Then, too, the driver sought assistance via social media, posting pleas on Twitter for its return. He also made a YouTube video asking fans for help.
Although the video went viral, some viewers were skeptical, and a few began posting the opinion that the whole thing was a marketing ploy. One person even created a Twitter account for the helmet itself, regularly giving updates from the helmet's perspective.
At the time, Rosberg offered free Grand Prix tickets in exchange for the helmet's safe return. No word this time on whether or not there's a reward.
Rosberg, currently sixth in world championship points, drives for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team and has won two Formula 1 races this year, the Monaco Grand Prix in May and the British Grand Prix in June.
Rosberg's competition roots go deep. The son of Finnish Grand Prix driver Keke Rosberg, who won the world championship in 1982, Nico was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and raised in Monaco. He holds dual citizenship but says he considers himself German.
Rosberg began racing karts in 1996 at the age of 10, moved up to Formula BMW in 2002, winning nine of the year's 17 races, and then settled into Formula Three for two years before winning a championship in the newly created GP2 series.
His performance in GP2, formed as a stepping-stone to Formula 1, led to a spot on the Williams Grand Prix team for 2006. Interestingly, Williams was the team for which his father had won a world championship more than two decades earlier.
Unable to score any points in his first year as a Formula 1 driver, Rosberg came back in 2007 to capture points in seven races, including a 4th-place finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
After moving to the Mercedes team in 2010, he scored his first Formula 1 victory in 2012 at the Chinese Grand Prix. His two wins so far this year make 2013 the best season of his career.
A veteran driver with an annual salary of $10.6 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Nico Rosberg could undoubtedly afford to buy himself a new helmet. Or a helmet factory.
But clearly the yellow Schuberth is important to him, and he really wants to get it back before the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi on October 27. He writes on his Web site: "The Schuberth helmet was registered with the Number R-NR 074/02-13. The SNELL-Label is ST 270141. FIA label gold: AH04248. FIA Label white: Nr. 134."
Edmunds says: We'll keep an eye out.