Cars "Really shocking": Violent criticism of Mercedes due to sponsoring contract

20:21  03 december  2021
20:21  03 december  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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The Formula 1 team of Mercedes sees itself suspended after a new sponsor-ended violent criticism from the UK. Before the weekend in Saudi Arabia, the world championship team announced a partnership with the building material company "Kingspan", the logo of the Irish company is decorated in Jidda for the first time the two Bolids of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

in the UK, however, Kingspan is the focus of investigations on a tragic firing accident in London in 2017. At that time, in the 24-storey residential building Grenfell Tower in the North Kensington neighborhood broke a fire, where over 70 people came around.

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as a fire accelerator, the few months ago renovated façade was identified, for which, contrary to the original planning and due to the resulting time pressure of the work, plates of Kingspan were used. These had turned out to be highly flammable in tests, but were still certified as suitable.

Interests Group expresses sharp criticism

The Grenfell United interest group, which represents the families of the victims as well as the survivors, has criticized the cooperation of Mercedes with Kingspan in an open letter to the team hard. "The announcement of your new partnership with Kingspan this week is really shocking. Kingspan played a central role for the pain and suffering that we feel today," it says there.

Mercedes, so the allegation would participate in a system by this business, "which represents the profit on human life. We therefore ask you to assure us that you will distance from Kingspan," the group continues . For "recklessness and carelessness towards human lives", which they accuse Kingspan, there must be "a degree of public censorship".

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Even the policy switches on an

already before the British politics had turned on into the topic. The British Minister of Housing, Michael Gove, showed itself disappointed with Mercedes. The team as six more is based in England.

on Twitter Gove wrote: "I'm deeply disappointed that Mercedes takes a sponsoring of the façade company Kingspan, while the Grenfell examination is still running. I will write to Mercedes and ask you to rethink this. The Grenfell community has something better deserved."

While Grenfell United offered a meeting and calls for Mercedes, prove "that there are 1 ethics and values ​​in Formula and that actions have consequences," then team boss Toto Wolff has now reported.

Wolff: Additional pain was never our intention

The Austrian apologized for the "additional pain that caused the proclamation. That was never our intention," says Wolff in a statement spread over the social media. Before the partnership, there have been profound discussions with Kingspan about their role in the tragedy.

"Kingspan has stated that they have not played a role in planning or designing the façade system on the Grenfell Tower and that a small percentage of their product was used without their knowledge as a substitute for a part of the system that did not correspond to the construction regulations And uncertain, "explains Wolff.

He accepted the offer of a meeting with Grenfell United. "I am pleased that we come together as soon as possible," concludes Wolff.

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