Mercedes Formula One boss Toto Wolff meets the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire after apologizing on behalf of his team on Friday for the pain caused by the 2017 disaster-related company sponsorship deal. It has become.
This week, an agreement was announced with Kingspan, an Irish company that manufactures high-performance insulation and coating products, including those used in skyscrapers in western London.
The company’s brand is in the car that seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is driving at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend.
Glenfell United, who represents the survivors of the flames that killed 72 people, wrote to Wolff asking him to end a “really shocking” partnership.
In a written response, Wolff apologized for “further wounds caused by this announcement.”
He said Mercedes was “deeply” involved with the company before the deal, understood the role his products played in the event of a disaster, and was convinced that he would play no role in the design and construction of the cladding system. rice field.
The flammable coating has been identified as the center of the rapid spread of the flame.
“I know this is no different from the terrible tragedy you have suffered and the deep and continuous pain you have felt in your community,” the Austrians write.
“I would like to thank Glenfell United for offering me to meet in person to learn and understand better. I look forward to meeting together as soon as possible.”
British housing minister Michael Gove also called on Mercedes to rethink the partnership, saying on Twitter that Mercedes had accepted sponsorship from Kingspan during the investigation.
“I will write to Mercedes to ask them to reconsider. The Glenfell community is of better value,” he said.
Lisa Nandy, an opponent of Gove, welcomed his “quick criticism” but took the same position and asked to return donations to the party from the real estate developer responsible for buildings with similar coverings. I asked.
Kingspan said in a statement that the K15 product played no role in the design of the Grenfell Tower cladding system, which makes up about 5% of the insulation.
“It was a system that did not comply with building regulations and was used as an alternative product without Kingspan’s knowledge,” he added.
“The new partnership with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team reflects the ambitious sustainability goals of both organizations.”
Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff meets Glenfell’s survivors
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