Supercar maker the Gordon Murray Group said on Tuesday it plans a 300-million-pound ($420 million) expansion over the next five years, which includes developing electric SUVs and delivery vehicles for carmakers as it shifts towards an all-electric supercar by 2030. "Electric is what we've been missing and that's where the future is," founder and chairman Gordon Murray, the Formula One design great who oversaw one of the sport's most successful cars to date, told Reuters. The carmaker will make 100 of them next year, selling for around 2.4 million pounds each.
Mexican Perez started in eighth place, after suffering shoulder pain in qualifying, and finished fifth at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya -- more than a minute behind Mercedes' winner Lewis Hamilton. Seven-times champion Hamilton and Verstappen were so far ahead of the rest that the decisive strategy of a second pitstop and fresh tyres opened up for the Mercedes driver as he chased his Red Bull rival.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen said he needed a faster car after losing out to Lewis Hamilton for the third time in four races this season. The Dutch 23-year-old and Mercedes' seven times world champion are in a two-way battle for the Formula One title, with the pair separated by 14 points after Hamilton won Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix. They have gone wheel-to-wheel in every race but Hamilton has won three to Verstappen's one, with the Red Bull driver second three times despite starting the season with a car that looked the quickest.
The 20-year-old has already acquired a reputation for swearing over the team radio, and at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya he questioned his car's setup compared to that of team mate Pierre Gasly. "I just feel from my side the car is really slow," he said. "I have a little bit of a question mark if it's the same car... Of course it's the same car but the character of the car is too different... I don't understand what's happened, why I'm struggling this much."