Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are showcasing curvaceous, high-end electric sports cars at the Frankfurt auto show as part of an industry effort to counter Tesla, avert billions in European pollution fines and defuse complaints from climate activists.
Valtteri Bottas snatched pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday (April 27) in an incident-packed qualifying session that saw Mercedes lock out the front row and Ferrari favourite Charles Leclerc crash out.
Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler reported Friday a sluggish start to the year, with first-quarter profits falling back compared to 2018 as a slew of problems hit its different divisions.
Mercedes teammates, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton locked out the front row in Chinese Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday but both remained wary of rivals Ferrari right behind them.
Sebastian Vettel welcomed Ferrari’s return to form in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, but said the team had taken too long to realise the mistakes in its development programme.