Mercedes' Toto Wolff issues statement on controversial deal with Grenfell Tower firm

Toto Wolff has released a statement offering his deepest apologises following criticism on behalf of the Mercedes team for signing a sponsorship deal with a company linked to the Grenfell Tower disaster. Ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Mercedes announced a deal with a company called Kingspan, a firm linked with the fateful insulation used on the west London tower.

The public inquiry into the fire is still currently ongoing after the blaze tore through the tower in June 2017, tragically killing 72 people.

Survivors spoke out after the deal was announced earlier in the week calling it “truly shocking,” with the government minister Michael Gove criticising the deal, adding he was “deeply disappointed”.

Mr. Gove tweeted: “Deeply disappointed that @MercedesAMGF1 are accepting sponsorship from cladding firm Kingspan while the Grenfell Inquiry is ongoing.

“I will be writing to Mercedes to ask them to reconsider. The Grenfell community deserves better.”

The letter from Grenfell United meanwhile read: “Kingspan played a central role in inflicting the pain and suffering that we feel today, and there must be a degree of public censure for Kingspan’s recklessness and carelessness for human life.”

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