Sir Lewis Hamilton says it “has nothing to do with” the Mercedes F1 team’s partnership agreement with Kingspan, the insulation company associated with the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
The Kingspan logo first appeared on Sir Lewis’s car on Saturday, with seven World Champions completing the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix qualifying session this weekend.
Sir Lewis said in a press conference after winning pole position in the race on Sunday that the partnership deal “has nothing to do with him.”
He states: “I don’t feel I have to speak publicly … when I heard what happened this week, it was news for me. There.
“We know there was a great deal of protest and an amazing amount of support from people in the surrounding community.
“It has nothing to do with me, and I know that Toto (Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff) classifies it.
“Unfortunately my name was on my car so it’s associated, but I know if it’s the same.”
Sir Lewis previously wrote about the Grenfell Tower fire on his Instagram account.
In 2020, he posted a photo with the following caption: “Today is three years after the horrific Grenfell Tower fire in London.
“Remember the 72 souls we lost, their loved ones, and all who were affected by this tragedy.”
On Friday, Toto Wolff, Principal of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, apologized to Glenfell’s survivors and bereaved families and thanked Campaign Group Glenfell United for offering a meeting after condemning the deal with Kingspan.
The group wrote to Mr Wolf and urged him to close the deal.
In response to them in the letter, Wolff wrote: “The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire was unimaginable to me.
“On behalf of our team, we sincerely apologize for the further damage to this announcement.
“It was not our intention to do so.”
Prior to signing the partnership, Wolff said his team “deeply worked with Kingspan to understand what role their product played in what happened at Glenfell.”
He states: “Kingspan said it played no role in the design and construction of the Grenfell Tower covering system, and a small portion of the product was used as a replacement without knowing some of the non-compliant systems. It wasn’t safe because of building regulations. “
Meanwhile, community secretary Michael Gove said the government could modify the advertising rules for racing cars if Mercedes did not withdraw its partnership with Kingspan.
We are investigating how the Grenfell Tower was coated with flammable materials and contributed to the spread of the fire, which killed 72 people in June 2017.
Kingspan’s K15 insulation was one of the products installed during the refurbishment of the Grenfell Tower, but most of the insulation used in skyscrapers in western London was manufactured by another company.
The company said in a statement: “Kingspan played no role in the design of Grenfell Tower’s covering system. K15 products make up about 5% of insulation and were used as an alternative without Kingspan’s knowledge. Building regulations. Complies with. “
Sir Lewis Hamilton says it has nothing to do with Mercedes’ dealings with Glenfell.UK news
Source Sir Lewis Hamilton says it has nothing to do with Mercedes’ dealings with Glenfell.UK news