Nico Rosberg, one of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula Oneᵀᴹ Team drivers, clinched the 2016 FIA Formula Oneᵀᴹ World Drivers’ Championship at the last race of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday 27 November 2016, securing 385 points and nine wins throughout the season. He subsequently announced his retirement from Formula Oneᵀᴹ on 2 December 2016.
As an Official Team Supplier, Spies Hecker, has been responsible for the paint of the high-impact, instantly-recognisable liveries on the team’s Silver Arrows for three years, including the Championship-winning 2016 Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid car.
“It’s important, of course, that the race cars look great on the track and that our partners’ logos are displayed clearly. But what is exceptionally critical for us is the weight of the paint, the speed of its application and the reliability of the entire system. And by that I mean, being used over and over again, all season, season after season, with the same great results. Spies Hecker delivers that for us,” says Andrew Moody, Head of Paint and Graphics, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula Oneᵀᴹ Team.
While Rosberg clocked up nearly 4,000 race miles across 1,202 laps during the 2016 season, the paint shop at the team’s Brackley, England headquarters, was also busy, painting more than 1,200 race car body work panels with Spies Hecker products.
Moody says, “It takes us up to 30 hours to repaint a front wing, and up to 40 hours for the chassis, so we don't have time to accept anything less than perfect, so it’s great we can rely on Spies Hecker.”
Joachim Hinz, Spies Hecker Brand Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, says, “the Spies Hecker Hi-TEC Performance System is the ideal refinish paint material for the team and for the demanding conditions of today’s international F1 circuits. We are very proud to have such a close relationship with the team and to be part of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula Oneᵀᴹ Team’s family. We send congratulations to Nico from everyone at Spies Hecker for this incredible achievement and we wish him well in his future endeavours beyond Formula Oneᵀᴹ.”
For more information about Spies Hecker and its relationship with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula Oneᵀᴹ Team, please visit www.spieshecker.com/F1speed or follow the brand on www.facebook.com/spieshecker.
About Spies Hecker
Spies Hecker, one of the global refinish coating brands from Axalta Coating Systems, develops optimum and practical paint system solutions that can make bodyshop work easier and more efficient. With more than 130 years of success behind it, Spies Hecker’s high-quality product systems, customised service and targeted training demonstrate its partnership with the refinish industry. Based in Cologne, Germany, it is one of the world’s leading vehicle refinish brands, and is available in over 76 countries worldwide.
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