Nico Rosberg puts his safety in the hands of Schuberth helmets. The Mercedes driver and the helmet experts from Magdeburg are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their partnership at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Barcelona. To mark this milestone, the German will be presented with a very special helmet at his 171st race in the pinnacle of motor racing.
Nico Rosberg has been wearing high-quality Schuberth racing helmets since 2005. As luck would have it, it all began in Barcelona – at the second weekend of the season in the GP2 junior series. What started as a relatively short-term affair – the two parties had not tested together prior to that weekend – developed into a reliable partnership. Rosberg’s maiden GP2 victory came in France – and the RF1 Schuberth helmet was there with him, just as it was at his first Formula 1 tests with Williams and his debut in the pinnacle of motor racing, at the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix. The SF1, which Rosberg was wearing when he clinched his maiden Formula 1 victory in China in 2012, inevitably became the German’s favourite helmet.
“I am delighted with the partnership with Schuberth, which is now in its tenth year. I have now been wearing Schuberth helmets for the majority of my career,” said Rosberg. “A good helmet is very important, particularly in Formula 1, and I believe that Schuberth has for many years contributed to making racing safer. Thank you for ten years of support and great service at the racetrack.”
Jan-Christian Becker, Managing Director of Schuberth, said: “From a teenager in GP2 to a Formula 1 star – we are proud to have accompanied Nico Rosberg’s successful career for the last ten years. Our company can look back on a long tradition within motorsport. Nico’s feedback provides us with valuable findings, which we are then able to incorporate into our series production. We are able to benefit from each other, thanks to the reliable and amicable partnership we have built up over the years. Together, we want to ensure that we maintain the highest safety standards in future years.”
The safety of the tried-and-tested helmet from Magdeburg was put to the test in rather curious circumstances in Bahrain in 2012: whilst racing at high speed during practice, a bird collided with Rosberg’s helmet – Rosberg, the helmet and the visor withstood the enormous contact unharmed. When Rosberg arrives in Barcelona for his 171st Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend, Schuberth will once again provide him with three helmets. And they have come up with something special to mark the anniversary of their partnership: Rosberg will be presented with the latest Metropolitan 1 motorcycle helmet in a special design. As such, the 29-year-old will not only be well equipped on the Formula 1 track, but also on shopping trips on his scooter around his home of Monte Carlo.