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Lewis Hamilton denies involvement in Grenfell deal


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

Sir Lewis is competing with the team at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend.

The Kingspan logo first appeared on Sir Lewis’ car today.

Speaking at a post-race press conference, Sir Lewis said the decision had “nothing” to do with him.

“It’s not something I feel I need to talk about publicly,” he said. “I had nothing to do with the team that signed one of the sponsors.

“Tommy (Hilfiger) was the only one I probably brought to the team. It was news to me when I heard the things that happened this week and I was very aware and watching from almost 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 three years since the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in London. Remember the 72 souls we have lost and their loved ones, and all those affected by this tragedy. “

Yesterday, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team manager Wolff apologized to Grenfell survivors and bereaved relatives, and thanked the Grenfell United campaign group for an offer to meet following his conviction of the deal with Kingspan.

The Kingspan logo was clearly visible on Sir Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes car during qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix today

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 want to apologize for the additional harm this announcement has caused.

“It was never our intention to do so. The work of the public inquiry to establish all the causes of the tragedy is of crucial importance. “

Mr Wolff said that before 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 stated that they had no role in the design or construction of the Grenfell Tower coating system and that a small percentage of their product had been unwittingly used as a substitute in an industry. part of the system that was not compliant. 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.

An investigation is examining how the Grenfell Tower was covered in flammable material that helped spread the flames, which detonated the tower in June 2017, killing 72 people.

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.

In a statement on Friday, Kingspan said he had no role in the design of the Grenfell Tower cladding system.

“The Grenfell Tower fire was a tragedy that should never have happened, and Kingspan is supporting the vitally important work of the investigation to determine what went wrong and why,” said the company. “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 without Kingspan’s knowledge in a system that did not comply with building regulations.

“The new partnership with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team reflects the ambitious sustainability goals of both organizations. “

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