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Lewis Hamilton distances himself from Mercedes’ new controversial sponsor Kingspan

Lewis Hamilton distances himself from Mercedes’ new controversial sponsor Kingspan amid agency’s alleged hyperlinks with the Grenfell Tower hearth catastrophe, as survivors’ group describes the deal as ‘truly shocking’

  • Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton spoke of ‘unlucky affiliation’ with the corporate
  • Kingspan logos could be seen on entrance of Mercedes vehicles for the Saudi Arabian GP
  • The branding on Hamilton’s automobile is a deal believed to be value as much as £3million 
  • But authorities plans might see them eliminated for the British Grand Prix in 2022
  • The Grenfell Tower hearth tragically killed 72 individuals again in June 2017 

Lewis Hamilton has reluctantly distanced himself from Mercedes’ sponsorship cope with Kingspan, a agency that made flamable insulation for Grenfell Tower.

The world champion, who claimed pole place for Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix solely as a result of his rival Max Verstappen drove right into a wall when on the verge of setting the quickest lap, at first stated nothing to apologise to the households of the 72 individuals killed within the catastrophe.

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The Monaco-based driver shook his head as if fed up with the topic earlier than relenting when later pressed on the matter.

Kingspan’s hyperlinks within the hearth of June 2017 is the topic of a public inquiry – but Hamilton is driving round Jeddah’s street circuit with the agency’s branding on his automobile in a deal believed to be value as much as £3million.

Hamilton, who took pole for Sunday’s race, stated: ‘It is not something that I feel I have to speak about publicly. 

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton has spoken about his 'unfortunate association' with Kingspan

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Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton has spoken about his ‘unfortunate association’ with Kingspan

Company's logo can be seen at the front of Mercedes' grand prix cars at the Saudi Arabian GP

Company’s logo can be seen at the front of Mercedes’ grand prix cars at the Saudi Arabian GP

‘I had nothing to do with the team signing any of the sponsors. Tommy (Hilfiger) was the only one I probably brought to the team.

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‘It was news to me when I heard this week. I was very aware and watching closely all the families affected by what happened there.

‘We know there has been a huge outcry and an amazing amount of support by people in the community.

‘It is really nothing to do with me and I know Toto (Wolff, the team principal) is sorting it. Unfortunately my name is associated with it because it has been on my car, but whether that remains the same, we will see.’ 

Kingspan’s links in the Grenfell Tower fire of June 2017 is the subject of a public inquiry

Kingspan’s hyperlinks within the Grenfell Tower hearth of June 2017 is the topic of a public inquiry

But Mercedes may see the advert banned at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2022

But Mercedes may even see the advert banned on the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2022

Hamilton’s belated concern comes after Mercedes’ repeated insistence that Kingspan will stay on their vehicles this weekend, regardless of survivors’ group Grenfell United describing the deal as ‘truly shocking’ and demanding its fast withdrawal.

Mercedes might but be backed right into a U-turn not least with Michael Gove, the Housing Secretary, indicating the Government are trying whether or not to ban the advert from working at Silverstone throughout subsequent yr’s British Grand Prix.

Wolff has written to Grenfell United to apologise for the ‘additional hurt’ the association has brought about.

Lawyers for the bereaved households have stated Kingspan bought flammable supplies that they knew ‘were dangerous to life’, although the agency was not primarily liable for the hearth.

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