The livery of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, the seven-time FIA Formula One™ Constructors' Champion, Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance race car is a progression of the 2020 car.
This year’s black is a non-metallic, solid black that is deep and rich in colour. The fade from black on the front of the car to Stirling Silver on the engine cover encompasses six unique shades and shows an extremely complicated AMG pattern too. The instantly recognisable flow line of PETRONAS green is back on the W12, and PETRONAS GREEN also appears on the front and rear wings, nose, mirrors and halo. The green this year is a solid colour, making it even more striking and bold against the deep black car.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, the reigning World Constructors’ Champions based in Brackley, England, is passionate about the Spies Hecker paint used on its race cars and team trucks.
“ It's important that the race cars look great on the track and that our sponsors’ logos are displayed clearly. But what is exceptionally critical for us are the weight of the paint, the speed of its application and the ability of the entire paint system to be used over and over again, all season, season after season, with the same great results.
Spies Hecker delivers that for us.
Head of Paint and Graphics at MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS
Situated in Brackley, England, about 70 miles northwest of London, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team occupies a 60,000m2 site with about 850 employees working five shifts, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The team’s ultra-modern facilities include a wind tunnel, driver simulator and its own paint shop.
Being less than 10 miles from the Silverstone race circuit might seem the key factor for the team’s location, but Andrew Moody explains the site has other advantages. “We are in the centre of the so-called UK motorsports valley, which means we have many specialist suppliers within a 50-mile radius,” he says.
And one of those suppliers is Spies Hecker.
“ We have a long-standing relationship with Andrew Moody and his team so we understand thw pressure they are under, and in turn the requirements that our products perform, day after day, season after season. We're very proud that we can deliver the results they need, so that the team can deliver on the track.
Axalta Refinish Brand Manager EMEA
When being painted, each part requires a huge amount of attention to detail, particularly relating to its weight, and the aerodynamically-sensitive parts require even more detailed finishing.
The substrates of the race car also vary depending on whether they are of a structural or of a cosmetic nature, and this impacts how the part is painted and its bake cycle. But regardless of the part or of the substrate, two things always hold true.
The race car livery means that it is essential that every interchangeable component not only fits perfectly but also matches the colours and shading on the adjacent panels.