Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes Formula One team is facing growing pressure to scrap a sponsorship deal with a firm that made combustible insulation on Grenfell Tower, after the government threatened to change advertising rules .
The racing team’s deal with Kingspan will see the logo of the firm that made some of the foam boards used on the tower emblazoned on the nose cone cars driven by Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas starting at this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
It sparked a furious backlash from the Grenfell community and yesterday Michael Gove, the secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, warned the Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, that parliament could extend government powers over advertising to include logos on cars. Gove said the Grenfell families “have the right to be hurt and aggrieved by your decision”.
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