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INDUSTRY NEWS Axalta congratulates Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport on another historic Formula One™ season Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport wins the 2018 FIA Formula OneTM World Contructors’ Championship Basel, Switzerland – 16 November 2018 – Axalta (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, congratulates Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport on becoming the 2018 FIA Formula OneTM World Constructors’ Champions*, which was secured at the Brazilian Grand Prix on 11 November 2018 in São Paulo. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport is only the second team to win five consecutive Constructors’ titles since it was first awarded in 1958. This historic win follows driver Lewis Hamilton gaining his fifth FIA Formula One™ World Drivers’ Championship title*, which he secured at the Mexico Grand Prix on 28 October 2018. Hamilton is just the third driver in the sport’s history to become a five-time World Driver’s Champion, alongside legends Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio. Each of Hamilton’s 6 titles has been won with Mercedes-Benz power, and four of them at the wheel of a Silver Arrow. Robert Bryant, Axalta’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, commented, “On behalf of Axalta, I would like to congratulate Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport on its fifth consecutive FIA Formula OneTM World Constructor’s Championship, and Lewis Hamilton on winning his fifth FIA Formula One™ World Drivers’ Championship. Both of these incredible achievements are the culmination of terrific teamwork and outstanding performance, values we share with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. We’re happy to be part of creating a winning formula of technology and innovation with Spies Hecker’s lightweight and highly-efficient paint systems.” Axalta has a long-lasting relationship with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport as Official Team Supplier. Axalta’s premium global refinish brand Spies Hecker has been responsible for the paint on the team’s Silver Arrows race cars, including this year’s Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+, DECEMBER 2018 for more than five years. Axalta works closely with the team’s Paint Shop in Brackley, UK, to ensure that the paintwork on the cars is light, durable and can withstand the extreme track conditions, while also looking stunning. For more information on Axalta and its links to motorsports, visit For more information about Spies Hecker and its relationship with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, please follow the brand on or on Twitter @spieshecker, or visit To fi nd out more about Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, follow #HiFive at, and * Subject to official confirmation by the FIA of the results of the 2018 FIA Formula OneTM World Championship twitter: @surfaceworldmag