The world Formula One champion has disowned his team Mercedes’ sponsorship deal with Kingspan, which made combustible insulation for the tower block – but the firm’s logo was still emblazoned on his car during the race.
Hamilton initially refused to answer questions on the matter at a press conference ahead of the race in Jeddah saying it was ‘not something that I feel I have to speak about publicly’.
But when pushed he said: ‘It was news to me when I heard this week.
Pressure mounted on Lewis Hamilton last night after he won Saudi Arabia’s first-ever Grand Prix in a car sponsored by a firm linked to the Grenfell tragedy
The world Formula One champion has disowned his team Mercedes’ sponsorship deal with Kingspan, which made combustible insulation for the tower block
‘We know there has been a huge outcry and an amazing amount of support by people in the community.
‘It is really nothing to do with me and I know Toto (Wolff, the team principal) is sorting it. Unfortunately my name is associated with it because it has been on my car, but whether that remains the same, we will see.’
Victims yesterday hit out at the British driver’s decision to continue racing with Kingspan’s name on his car.