Sir Lewis Hamilton says he has ‘nothing to do with Mercedes’ deal with Grenfell Company

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Sir Lewis Hamilton says he has ‘nothing to do with Mercedes’ deal with Grenfell Company


Sir Lewis Hamilton said he had “nothing to do” with the Mercedes F1 team’s partnership agreement with Kingspan – an insulation company linked to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The Kingspan logo first appeared on Sir Lewis’ car on Saturday as the seven-time world champion completed a qualifying session for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend.

Speaking at a press conference after winning pole position for Sunday’s race, Sir Lewis said the partnership agreement had “nothing” to do with him.

He said: “It’s not something that I feel I need to talk about publicly… it was news to me when I heard the things that happened this week and I was very aware and I I observed closely all the families affected by what happened there.

“We know there has been a huge outcry and an incredible amount of support from people in the community around us.

“It really has nothing to do with me and I know Toto (Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff) is sorting it out.

“Unfortunately my name is associated with it because it was on my car, but if it stays the same we’ll see. “

Sir Lewis has previously written about the Grenfell Tower fire on his Instagram account.

In 2020, he posted a photo with a caption that read, “Today marks the third anniversary of the horrific Grenfell Tower fire in London.

“Remember the 72 souls we lost and their loved ones, and all who were touched by this tragedy. “

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team principal Toto Wolff on Friday apologized to Grenfell survivors and bereaved loved ones, and thanked the Grenfell United campaign group for an offer to meet over his conviction of the ‘deal with Kingspan.

The group had written to Mr Wolff urging him to end the deal.

Responding to them in a letter, Mr Wolff wrote: “The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire was beyond imaginable to me, and it never should have happened.

“On behalf of our team, I sincerely apologize for the additional harm this announcement has caused.

“It was never our intention to do so. “

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Toto Wolff apologized to Grenfell survivors and bereaved loved ones

Mr Wolff said that prior to entering into the partnership his team “engaged extensively with Kingspan to understand what role their products played in what happened at Grenfell”.

He said: “Kingspan said they had no role in the design or construction of the Grenfell Tower cladding system, and that a small percentage of their product had been used as a substitute without their knowledge. part of the system that did not comply with building regulations and was unsafe. “

Meanwhile, Communities Secretary Michael Gove said the government could change the racing car advertising rules if Mercedes does not withdraw the partnership with Kingspan.

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Grenfell Tower tragedy killed 72

An investigation is examining how the Grenfell Tower was covered in flammable material that helped spread a fire that killed 72 people in June 2017.

Kingspan’s K15 insulation was one of the products installed on the Grenfell Tower during its renovation, although the majority of the insulation used on the West London Tower was manufactured by another company.

The company said in a statement, “Kingspan played no role in the design of the Grenfell Tower cladding system, where its K15 product made up about 5% of the insulation and was used as a substitute for the liner. Kingspan’s knowledge of a system that did not comply with the building’s house rules. ”

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