Hamilton casts doubt on Kingspan branding remaining on car

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Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix - Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - December 4, 2021 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton aft qualifying successful rod presumption Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

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Dec 4 (Reuters) - Formula One satellite champion Lewis Hamilton formed uncertainty connected Saturday connected whether branding for a institution linked to the 2017 Grenfell Tower occurrence would enactment connected his Mercedes contention car amid a backlash successful Britain and calls for his squad to terminate the deal.

The concern with Irish-based cladding and insulation institution Kingspan, immoderate of whose products were utilized connected the West London operation artifact that caught occurrence with 72 fatalities, was announced this week. work much

"This (deal) truly doesn't person thing to bash with maine and I cognize (team boss) Toto (Wolff) is sorting it," seven-times satellite champion Hamilton told reporters aft taking rod presumption for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix successful Jeddah.

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"Unfortunately my sanction is associated with it due to the fact that it's enactment connected my car but whether that remains the aforesaid we shall see," helium added.

British Housing Minister Michael Gove has urged Mercedes to reconsider, saying helium was "deeply disappointed" Mercedes were accepting sponsorship from Kingspan portion an enquiry was ongoing.

Grenfell United, representing families and survivors, person besides urged Mercedes to terminate the deal.

Wolff replied by missive connected Friday apologising for distress caused and agreeing to a meeting.

Hamilton, the astir palmy Formula One operator of each time, said the contention had taken him by surprise.

"It's not thing that I consciousness I person to talk of publicly," helium said.

"I had thing to bash with the squad signing immoderate of the sponsors, isolated from astir apt Tommy (Hilfiger) was the lone 1 I brought to the team. It was quality to maine erstwhile I heard the things that happened this week.

"I was precise overmuch alert and watching precise intimately each the families that were affected by what happened determination and we cognize there's been a immense outcry and an astonishing magnitude of enactment from radical successful the assemblage astir there."

Kingspan has said it had nary relation successful the plan of the cladding strategy connected Grenfell Tower, wherever its K15 merchandise constituted astir 5% of the insulation.

It added that this "was utilized arsenic a substitute merchandise without Kingspan's cognition successful a strategy that was not compliant with the buildings regulations".

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Reporting by Alan Baldwin successful London, editing by Clare Fallon

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