As we reported to you here, the recent signing of Mercedes with its new sponsor, Kingspan, has sparked a heated debate in the United Kingdom. Because Kingspan and its insulation products are also suspected by British justice (the investigation is underway) of having played a significant role in the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, which killed 72 people four years ago. years.
Toto Wolff has thus split a public letter to explain this choice, without giving it up.
It was Lewis Hamilton in turn who was questioned about the Kingspan affair. The British driver is far from managing all the sponsors of his team, but isn’t his societal commitment also in contradiction with this choice of Mercedes? Will he agree to drive an F1 car bearing the logo of a company accused of serious offenses?
First after his pole from Saudi Arabia, Lewis Hamilton almost seemed surprised to be asked about the subject.
“I have nothing to do with the signing of the team. The Tommy contract [Hilfiger] is the only one I brought to the team. “
“I heard the news when I heard what happened this week. “
“I was very aware of this tragedy and I followed very closely all the families who were affected by what happened. We know there has been a huge outcry and an incredible amount of support from people in their community. “
“It really has nothing to do with me and I know Toto is sorting it out. “
Between the lines, Lewis Hamilton seems to suggest that Mercedes remove the name Kingspan from Mercedes cars …
“Unfortunately my name is associated with it because it’s on my car, but we’ll see if that doesn’t change. “
In 2020 in a Tweet, Lewis Hamilton had also asked for “justice” for the tragedy to be repaired: “Today it is three years since the terrible Grenfell Tower tragedy took place. We remember the 72 lost souls and their loved ones, and all those affected by this tragedy. #Justiceforgrenfell. “
Responding to Hamilton’s remarks, Toto Wolff declined to say ties with Kingspan could be severed.
“We discussed the deal with the important people. We will contact Kingspan and find the right solution. There is a contractual agreement that is behind these things. We just want to do the right thing and we want to do the right thing with integrity, just like we started talking to people who feel hurt by this deal. We will treat this subject with the necessary urgency. “