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Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff offers to meet Grenfell tragedy victims after a backlash over insulation sponsorship deal

TOTO WOLFF has offered to meet the survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell tragedy after a backlash over a sponsorship deal with Kingspan.

Mercedes confirmed a partnership with the insulation and building firm ahead of this weekend’s Saudi Arabian GP.

Toto Wolff apologised on behalf of the Mercedes team

However, there was heavy criticism from survivors and those families impacted by the fire in the tower block in 2017, which killed 72 people.

The Grenfell United group sought to speak to Merc while Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, also said he would write to the Brackley-based F1 team.

But Wolff has responded with an open letter saying: “The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire was beyond imaginable to me, and it should never have happened.

“On behalf of our team, I would sincerely like to apologise to you for the additional hurt that this announcement has caused. It was never our intention to do so.

“The work of the public inquiry to establish the full causes of the tragedy is crucially important.

“Prior to concluding our partnership, we engaged with Kingspan in depth to understand what role their products played in what happened at Grenfell.

“Kingspan have stated that they played no role in the design or construction of the cladding system on Grenfell Tower, and that a small percentage of their product was used as a substitute without their knowledge in part of the system which was not compliant with building regulations and was unsafe.

“I know that this does not change in any way the awful tragedy you suffered, or the deep and ongoing pain felt in your community, and I would like to thank Grenfell United for the offer to meet in person for me to learn and understand better.

“I look forward to coming together as soon as we can.”

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