Lewis Hamilton has been criticized for not speaking out against the sponsorship deal between Mercedes and Kingspan, the company responsible for the production of combustible insulation used on the Grenfell Tower.
Michale Gove, Secretary of State for Upgrades, Housing and Communities was “deeply disappointed” and Grenfell survivors said the deal was “really shocking”.
A letter from the Grenfell United survivor group was sent detailing their anger and disappointment with Mercedes.
He said, “Kingspan has played a central role in inflicting the pain and suffering we feel today.
“There must be a degree of public censorship for Kingspan’s recklessness and recklessness for human life.”
Toto Wolff, the general manager of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team, later apologized in a letter to the group of survivors.
“The Grenfell Tower fire tragedy was beyond imaginable to me, and it should never happen,” Wolff said.
“On behalf of our team, I sincerely 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. Before entering into our partnership, we engaged with Kingspan in depth to understand what role their products played in what happened at Grenfell.
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 was unwittingly used as a substitute in a part of the system that was not not in accordance with building regulations. and was dangerous.
“I know this does not change the terrible tragedy you have endured, or the deep and continuing pain felt in your community, and I want to thank Grenfell United for the offer to meet me in person to learn and understand better. .
“I look forward to getting together as soon as we can.”
Gove sent Wolff a letter condemning their decision which was also tweeted.
“I read with deep disappointment your decision to accept sponsorship from the Kingspan Coating Company,” said Gove.
“You will be aware of the Grenfell Tower tragedy on June 14, 2017, in which 72 people tragically lost their lives.
“I know you also don’t know, if you weren’t before, that Kingspan manufactured the K15 insulation that was used on the Grenfell Tower and a key participant in the ongoing statutory public inquiry.”
Lewis Hamilton has also come under heavy criticism from Grenfell survivors, especially after posting a photo to Instagram on the third anniversary of the tragedy.
The seven-time world champion received a letter from the Grenfell Next of Kin support group saying he had ‘blood money’ on his hands, that he was on the ‘wrong side of history’ and that he would be “held responsible” if he failed to speak.