Grenfell Tower survivors ask Mercedes to sever ties with coating company Kingspan
The Grenfell Tower fire survivor group has written to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff asking the defending Formula One champions to end their sponsorship deal with building materials company Kingspan.
Kingspan fabricated some of the insulating sheeting used for the renovation of the Grenfell Tower, which caught fire on June 14, 2017, killing 72 people. A public inquiry found Kingspan continued to supply coatings despite tests showing they burned “like hell raging” when exposed to fire.
The public inquiry also found that company executives were ignoring customer safety concerns over the coating.
This week Mercedes named Kingspan the official team partner, which means the company name and logo will appear on the car at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
According to the Guardian, the survivor group Grenfell United wrote to Wolff asking him to “immediately sever your relationship” with Kingspan.
The letter went on to say: “Kingspan has played a pivotal role in inflicting the pain and suffering we feel today, and there must be a degree of public censure for Kingspan’s recklessness and recklessness for the human life. “
Michael Gove, UK Secretary of State for Housing and Communities, tweeted: “Deeply disappointed that @ MercedesAMGF1 is accepting sponsorship from the Kingspan coating company while the Grenfell investigation is ongoing. I will write to Mercedes to ask them to reconsider. The Grenfell community deserves better. “
A statement from Mercedes said: âOur partner Kingspan has supported and continues to support the vitally important work of the investigation to determine what went wrong and why in the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
“Our new partnership announced this week is focused on sustainability and will help us achieve our goals in this area.”
Mercedes driver and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has shown his support for the Grenfell community on several occasions, having tweeted on the anniversaries of the disaster.