Lewis Hamilton’s F1 team risks a backlash after inking sponsorship deal with Grenfell building firm
Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One team is facing a furious backlash over a ‘disgusting’ sponsorship deal with a firm that made the combustible insulation used on Grenfell Tower.
Mercedes F1 last night named Kingspan as an official partner, with its branding set to feature on Hamilton’s car at this weekend’s Saoedi-Arabië Groot prys.
Housing Secretary Michael Gove said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ and would be writing to Mercedes to reconsider, toevoeging: ‘The Grenfell community deserves better.’
Mercedes F1 last night named Kingspan as an official partner, with its branding set to feature on Hamilton’s car at this weekend’s Saudi Arabia Grand Prix
Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, has supported the Grenfell community
Kingspan made some of the insulation used on the refurbishment of Grenfell, which caught fire on June 14, 2017, eis 72 lewens.
Lawyers for the bereaved and survivors have said the firm sold flammable materials they knew ‘were dangerous to life’.
Survivors’ group Grenfell United wrote to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, sê: ‘Kingspan played a central role in inflicting the pain and suffering that we feel today, and there must be a degree of public censure for Kingspan’s recklessness and carelessness for human life.’
The group called on him to ‘immediately sever’ ties with the firm.
Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, has supported the Grenfell community.
On the third anniversary of the fire he posted online: ‘Remembering the 72 souls we lost and their loved ones, and everyone affected by this tragedy.’
A public inquiry into the blaze has heard the Kingspan product used on Grenfell Tower, Kooltherm K15, was fitted despite not being suitable for high-rise buildings.
The inquiry heard how a 2007 test became a ‘raging inferno’ and in October the company withdrew test reports for Kooltherm K15 that had been used to help sell the product since 2006. Teen daardie tyd, it had been fitted to 240 tall buildings.
The inquiry also heard Kingspan executives dismissed customers’ concerns about fire safety, with a manager in one case saying: ‘[Hulle] are getting me confused with someone who gives a dam [sic].’
Aluminium cladding panels made by Arconic were the main cause of the rapid spread of the Grenfell fire, but a small quantity of insulation made by Kingspan exacerbated the blaze, the inquiry has found.
Kingspan made some of the insulation used on the refurbishment of Grenfell, which caught fire on June 14, 2017, eis 72 lewens
Survivors’ group Grenfell United wrote to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff
Kingspan, whose materials are on most flats and houses, apologised for ‘process shortcomings’ between 2005 en 2015, saying the version of the product it tested was not the same as those it was selling.
But Nabil Choucair, who lost six members of his family, branded the sponsorship ‘disgusting’.
Mr Wolff said he was ‘delighted’ by the deal. A Mercedes spokesman later stressed drivers were not involved in sponsorship decisions.
Hulle het bygevoeg: ‘The Grenfell Tower fire was a tragedy that should never have happened, and Kingspan supports the vitally important work of the inquiry to determine what went wrong and why. Kingspan played no role in the design of the cladding system on Grenfell Tower.’