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No. 14 Tromsø – Road trip with my daughter, arriving Tromsø

The last one from 2015 – No. 14
#Tromsø
#Nordkapp
#2015
#Norgesferie
#NorgePåLangs
#NorwayLengthwise
#Norway
#Travel
#RoadTrip
#MeAndMyVolvo

14 of 14 – “Norge på langs”

The summer of 2015 I and my daughter decided to drive from Stavanger in Norway, and all the way up to Nordkapp.

To make the trip “complete”, after visiting Nordkapp we also drove all the way down to Lindesnes in the south.


 

 


Sorry for the bad quality from our Sony cam on this one, same problems that we have had on several of the videos.

This will be much better (I hope) in 2017 videos as long as we have invested in a Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 😉


Post photo from Tromsø (private)


 




 


#Nordkapp
#2015
#Norgesferie
#NorgePåLangs
#NorwayLengthwise
#Norge
#Norway
#Reise
#Travel
#RoadTrip
#MeAndMyVolvo
#Volvo
#Sommer
#Lindesnes

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No. 11 – Lofoten, Moskenes – Norway

No. 11 Lofoten, Moskenes – Road trip with my daughter on the way to Nordkapp

11 of 14 – “Norge på langs”

The summer of 2015 I and my daughter decided to drive from Stavanger in Norway, and all the way up to Nordkapp.

To make the trip “complete”, after visiting Nordkapp we also drove all the way down to Lindesnes in the south.

The trip was done with our family car, the Volvo V40 R-Design 1,6 diesel.


 

 


KM in total was 6080, the road trip took 12 days.

#Nordkapp


 

From “Visit Norway”

Lofoten:

Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, spectacular nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track. Kayak between the islands, go fishing for the catch of your life or look for sea eagles soaring in the sky.

 

Learn more about Lofoten here.


READ  No. 10 - Saltdal, “On the way to Nordkapp”

 

 

 

Post photo of my daughter when we had a stop at “Å”

🙂

And yes, our family name is “Johnsen” 

🙂

 

Link to “Å”

 

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2017 Ford GT-team vil forsvare Le Mans-seier

Om bare noen dager skal de fire Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT-sjåførene stille seg opp på Circuit de la Sarthe for 2017-utgaven av 24 timers løpet i Le Mans og forsvare fjorårets seier for Ford GT.

Fra Ford Motor Norge AS

 

I fjor hadde Ford en ny supersportsbil, et nytt team og en ny utfordring. De skulle vinne det klassiske 24-timers løpet i Le Mans nøyaktig 50 år etter de tapetserte pallen i det samme løpet.

Teamet leverte en historisk seier og har siden det blitt enda bedre og vunnet seire i løp verden rundt. De har konkurrert både i FIA World Endurance Championship og WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Om bare ti dager skal de fire Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT-sjåførene stille seg opp på Circuit de la Sarthe for 2017-utgaven av 24 timers løpet i Le Mans og forsvare fjorårets seier for Ford GT.

– Å komme til Le Mans i fjor og vinne GTE Pro-klassen gjorde våre ansatte over hele verden veldig stolte. Det viser at når vi drar i samme retning, kan vi få til fantastiske ting. Vi gleder oss veldig til å komme tilbake til Le Mans for å forsvare tittelen fra i fjor, sier styreformann i Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford.

Fire GT klare for å vinne igjen

2017-utgaven av Le Mans markerer også et annet viktig jubileum: Det er nå nemlig femti år siden Dan Guerny og AJ Foyt vant Le Mans med sin Ford GT40. Dette var den andre av i alt fire seire etter hverandre som for alvor markerte Ford som det mest dominerende merket i verdens største billøp.

– Alle fra våre fire mannskap gleder seg over å være tilbake for å forsvare seieren fra i fjor. Det er alltid gøy å konkurrere når du vet at du har fire team som alle kan vinne dette historiske billøpet. 2016 var fantastisk. Vi vil gjøre 2017 enda bedre, sier eieren av teamet, Chip Ganassi.

Bourdais ut, Kanaan inn

Sébastien Bourdais, som var en del av vinnerlaget ifjor, #68 Ford GT, er ute på grunn av en ulykke han var utsatt for i kvalifiseringen for Indianapolis 500. Bourdais, som er fra Le Mans, blir erstattet av Indycar-stjernen Tony Kanaan.

– Le Mans blir ikke det samme uten Seb. Men vi er et sterkt team og vi er klare for denne utfordringen. Jeg har trent hardt hver dag for å være fysisk forberedt på dette. Le Mans er også en tøff mental påkjenning, men jeg har god støtte fra min familie. Det hjelper meg mye. Jeg tror at når hodet ditt fungerer bra ellers, fungerer det også bra for racing, sier racing sjåfør på #68-teamet Joey Hand.

Stor opplevelse å stå på pallen

Også team-medlemmene som tok en tredjeplass, #69 Ford GT, er offensive foran årets løp.

– Å stå på pallen var en stor opplevelse i fjor. Det var et historisk comeback for Ford. Jeg gleder meg enormt til å komme tilbake, sier racing-sjåfør Ryan Briscoe.

Det tredje Ford-teamet tok en fjerdeplass i fjorårets løp. De ble ilagt en straff for et ødelagt bilnummerlys.

– Den straffen kostet oss noe som kunne vært et veldig godt resultat, men sånn er Le Mans. Du må ha et helt perfekt løp for å vinne, sier racing sjåfør Stefan Mücke på #66 Ford GT-teamet.

Det fjerde Ford-teamet, #67 Ford GT, fikk sitt løp delvis ødelagt av et girkasseproblem som oppsto før start. I år er de klare for revansj.

– Vårt mål er selvsagt å vinne, sier sjåfør på teamet, Harry Tincknell.

 


Her er litt fakta:

Antall Le Mans-starter for Ford GT sjåførene:

Stefan Mücke -–10 (2007-2016)

Olivier Pla -–9 (2008-2016)

Richard Westbrook -–6 (2010-2014, 2016)

Dirk Müller -–5 (1999-2000, 2010-2011, 2016)

Andy Priaulx -–3 (2010-2011, 2016)

Harry Tincknell -– 3 (2014-2016)

Ryan Briscoe -–3 (2013, 2015-2016)

Joey Hand –- 2 (2011, 2016)

Pipo Derani –- 2 (2015-2016)

Scott Dixon –- 1 (2016)

Billy Johnson -– 1 (2016)

Tony Kanaan – Første gang på Le Mans

 

Hvilke Ford GT er det?

De fire Ford GT’ene som kjører Le Mans vil ha de samme rød, hvite og blå fargene. For å skille dem fra hverandre har de fargerike striper på frontruten, på speilene og LED-lysstriper loddrett ned midt i frontruten.

Disse fargene er:

#66 GRØNN

#67 BLÅ

#68 RØD

#69 GUL

 

Nytt av året er også en selvlysende farge på speilene som også synes i mørket og gjør deg i stand til å skille mellom bilene – også når det er mørkt.


 

 

Link til: 

FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR

 


Post photo by Kevin Decherf – Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK – Ford GT #66

Drivers: Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke, Billy Johnson





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No. 9 Arctic Circle, from the road trip with my daughter – “On the way to Nordkapp”

Arctic Circle latitude depends on the Earth’s axial tilt, which fluctuates within a margin of 2° over a 40,000-year period, due to tidal forces resulting from the orbit of the Moon. 

9 of 14 – “Norge på langs”

The summer of 2015 I and my daughter decided to drive from Stavanger in Norway, and all the way up to Nordkapp.

To make the trip “complete”, after visiting Nordkapp we also drove all the way down to Lindesnes in the south.

The trip was done with our family car, the Volvo V40 R-Design 1,6 diesel.

 

Arctic Circle crossed by E6 on Saltfjellet. The circle is not where Polarsirkelsenteret is located. The centre is firm, but the circle moves according to how the Earth’s angle to the sun is changing.


Fact; Arctic Circle location is, in reality, not fixed.  

As of 8 June 2017, it runs 66°33′46.7″ north of the Equator.


 

From Wikipedia about the “Arctic Circle”:

The Arctic Circle is the most northerly of the abstract five major circles of latitude as shown on maps of the Earth. It marks the northernmost point at which the noon sun is just visible on the northern winter solstice and the southernmost point at which the midnight sun is just visible on the northern summer solstice. The region north of this circle is known as the Arctic, and the zone just to the south is called the Northern Temperate Zone. North of the Arctic Circle, the sun is above the horizon for twenty-four continuous hours at least once per year (and therefore visible at midnight) and below the horizon for twenty-four continuous hours at least once per year (and therefore not visible at noon); this is also true within the equivalent polar circle in the Southern Hemisphere, the Antarctic Circle.

The position of the Arctic Circle is not fixed; as of 8 June 2017, it runs 66°33′46.7″ north of the Equator. Its latitude depends on the Earth’s axial tilt, which fluctuates within a margin of 2° over a 40,000-year period, due to tidal forces resulting from the orbit of the Moon. Consequently, the Arctic Circle is currently drifting northwards at a speed of about 15 metres (49 feet) per year.

 

Location:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or sea Notes
66°34′N 000°00′E  Arctic Ocean Norwegian Sea
66°34′N 12°48′E  Norway Nordland County
66°34′N 15°31′E  Sweden Norrbotten County (Provinces of Lapland and Norrbotten)
66°34′N 23°51′E  Finland Lapland Region

 


Private photos:

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No. 8 Atlanterhavsvegen – “On the way to Nordkapp”

The road looks more spectacular in bad weather, on this sunny day it was just ok.

The summer of 2015 me and my daughter decided to drive from Stavanger in Norway, and all the way up to Nordkapp.

To make the trip “complete”, after visiting Nordkapp we also drove all the way down to Lindesnes in the south.

The trip was done with our family car, the Volvo V40 R Design 1,6 diesel.


This is video number 8 of 14 from our road trip back in 2015.
“Norge på langs”   –   “Norway lengthwise”

KM in total was 6080, the road trip took 12 days.

#Nordkapp


Situated in Norway, The Atlantic Road (in Norwegian called Atlanterhavsveien or Atlanterhavsvegen) is a part of Norwegian national road 64 (Rv 64).

It is close to the cities Molde and Kristiansund in the modest part of the Norwegian coastline. It is ranked first on The Guardian’s list of the world’s best road trips!

This fantastic and spectacular road is a very popular tourist attraction. Both the local population and tourist visitors frequently use the road to go fishing for cod and other fish directly from the bridges. One of the bridges is special designed for fishing.

Read more at: http://www.theatlanticroad.com/

Location – GPS: 63.037399, 7.407159


Nokia Lumia 930 post photo is a privat photo from where we spent the night camping at:

Epost: post@lysoenrorbuer.no
Address: Ljøsøyveien 116, 6533 Averøy – Norway

Web page

Video from the same location in this blog post.


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No. 6 – Gamle Strynefjellsvei – Road trip to Nordkapp

A hidden gem, this old touristic route.
Coming From Stryn on the FV 15, take the 258. It is indicated, but you have to pay attention.
#ntgamlestrynefjellsvegen 
#strynefjellsvegen 
#folven 

The summer of 2015 me and my daughter decided to drive from Stavanger in Norway, and all the way up to Nordkapp.

To make the trip “complete”, after visiting Nordkapp we also drove all the way down to Lindesnes in the south.

The trip was done with our family car, the Volvo V40 R Design 1,6 diesel.

KM in total was 6080, the road trip took 12 days.

#Nordkapp


Read more at Nasjonale Turistveger:


From TripAdvisor:

Paula R:
Reviewed 13 August 2016

We have now gone through several of the historical roads this year. The Old Stryn Mountain road is a beautiful experience, traces of winter left, small mountain lakes with turquoise water, a narrow road stripped of green nature and adorned with stones that takes your breath away. We entered the road from the country of Oppland and drove towards Stryn, as one starts approaching the end of the road and descending, the majestic views of the mountain surrounding Stryn appear in front of your eyes, what follows is nothing less than magnificent, luscious and ever striking nature…

A true perfect Norwegian jewel among the crown nature jewels this country has.


Post photo.

#MeAndMyVolvo

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No. 2 – Holsen – Road trip with my daughter on the way to Nordkapp.

KM in total was approximately 6080 and the trip took 12 days.

 

This is video number 2 of 14 from our road trip back in 2015.

“Norge på langs”   –   “Norway lengthwise”


The summer of 2015 me and my daughter decided to drive from Stavanger in Norway, and all the way up to Nordkapp.
To make the trip “complete”, after visiting Nordkapp we also drove all the way down to Lindesnes in the south. The trip was done with our family car, the Volvo V40 R Design 1,6 diesel. KM in total was approximately 6080 and the trip took 12 days.
#Nordkapp

Holsen is a place so small that it is almost impossible to find any information about it. The only information I found was on Wikipedia, in Norwegian …

 

Holsen er en bygd i Førde kommune i Sogn og Fjordane. Sentralt i bygden ligger Holsavatnet og bygden omkranser dette. Turistveien Rv 13 mellom Moskog og Balestrand går igjennom bygden, og følger langs Holsavatnet sin nordside. Veien går videre over Rørvikfjellet mot bygdene Haukedalen og Viksdalen, fjellovergangen er med sin flotte utsikt blitt en turistattraksjon. Ved øverste enden av vannet ligger Holsen kirke og Holsen skule.

#Norway

#RoadTrip

#MeAndMyVolvo

#FamilyTrip

#NorgePåLangs

#Trafikk

#Bilferie


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No. 1 – Gaularfjellet, Road Trip with my daughter.

The first video in a series that hopefully will include a lot of “dash cam” videos in the future.

This video is from the summer of 2015 when me and my daughter decided to drive Norway lengthwise. We started home in Stavanger on the west coast of Norway and drove along the cost line up to Nordkapp. The road back home was made as short as possible and went through Finland and Sweden down to Lindesnes that Norway’s southernmost lighthouse. From Lindesnes so it was not long way up to Stavanger and home.
The trip took 12 days and was absolutely fantastic, my best vacation ever.

This is the first video in a series of 14 from this trip, there is one more, but I’m not able to find the location for this so it will be posted as a “single” video later on.

In a later post I will also add some map details, more details about the trip itself and related links to some of our TripAdvisor reviews from this travel here in Norway.

 

From Nasjonale Turistveger, link to this page can be found below the text:

For most people Gaularfjellet is a well-kept secret, but for all those who have discovered the road it is quite special. A journey along the road leading across Gaular, the mountain between Dragsvik and the Sognefjord, is a serene experience where the quality is in the details. The drive skirts the fjord before snaking up towards the highest point of Gaularfjellet. At the rest area at Utsikten you can admire the panorama of mountains and valleys. The road follows Gaularvassdraget, one of the few watercourses that is protected, offering everything from wild rapids and waterfalls to calm stretches where the water glides quietly on its way. Simply driving along the watercourse and following the natural route the water takes in its descent is a wonderful experience, but if you go on foot you can be at one with nature.  A continuous “waterfall path” of almost 25 km has been established from Nystølen to Eldal. You can walk the entire length or just take a short stroll to admire the watercourse at close hand. For many people the bridge over the Likholefossen waterfall is a highlight, since it provides a feeling of being in the midst of the swirling cascade.

History

In 1853 a request was made for money to establish a road over the mountain, but almost 100 years would pass before this became a reality. The road swiftly became a key transport route after its opening in 1938, but today it is a peaceful alternative to the main roads that absorb most of the traffic.

Nasjonale Turistveger

 

 


PS:

We are actually planning to make this trip again this year, this time with my son and daughter, but this is not “confirmed” yet as long as there is some challenges with our work situation at the time.

I’m not sure if it is the best to use YouTube or Vimeo, if you have any thoughts or advice on this it will be appreciated.


#Newbie on Vimeo and YouTube 😉

 


Post photo from Lindesnes.

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Volkswagen to leave WRC

Volkswagen have confirmed from 2017 their commitment to the FIA World Rally Championship is coming to an end as they start realigning their motorsport programme.

Look back at Seb Ogier’s best wins as VW end WRC commitment from 2017.

Volkswagen have confirmed from 2017 their commitment to the FIA World Rally Championship is coming to an end as they start realigning their motorsport programme.

Last weekend, they won their fourth manufacturer’s title in a row with the VW Polo competing in 51 rallies, winning 42 of them, with 621 best times in the special stages. No other car in the history of the World Rally Championship has a better success rate.

Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Technical Development, said: “We far exceeded our sporting goals in the WRC. I want to give our heartfelt thanks to our drivers and co-drivers for their outstanding achievements.”

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets added: “Of course, we regret the departure from the WRC very much – as this was the most successful chapter in the Volkswagen brand’s motorsport history. The team has done great things.”

As the German giants confirm the end of an astonishing run for four-time champion Sebastien Ogier and his Polo R WRC, we look back and pick five of the best wins from the last four years.

1: Rallye de France, October 2013

For the first time ever at a WRC race, the Power Stage would run before the main event. Ogier had the chance of a lifetime, to be a world champion before the rally had even begun. All he needed was one of the three Power Stage points on offer and he did it by placing third around a Strasbourg street stage. What he did after was even more amazing – he won the rally proper! Distracted and head all over the place, Ogier ran as low as fifth for much of day one. Refocused and back in the fight, he drove magnificently through the weekend, despite some horribly wet, challenging conditions. Third with a day to go, he took a commanding win and celebrated all over again.

2: Rally Mexico, March 2015

This one Ogier definitely couldn’t win. Not a hope. In the words of the champ: “My rivals would have to be very bad for me to even come close to the podium.” This was the first hot gravel rally since the FIA changed the rules and told the championship leader he had to run first on the road for the first two days. Third after a typically spectacular opener around the streets and through the tunnels of Guanajuato, Ogier’s mood was particularly despondent on the eve of the rally proper. Not for long. Noticing a slight drop in overnight temperatures, Ogier gambled on soft tyres for the first morning. They worked a treat and his innate ability to drive the car straighter than anybody meant he returned to service with rubber to spare. Naturally, he won the rally he was never meant to win.

3: Rally Sweden, February 2013

An obvious one it might be, but it was also a very, very special one: Ogier’s first win with Volkswagen. A couple of weeks before, at the Monte Carlo Rally, the Polo R WRC had broken cover and set fastest time on its first ever competitive special stage in the World Rally Championship. Ogier was second in the principality. A good start turned great, however, when the Frenchman took a brilliantly controlled win on the snows in Sweden. “I knew the car was good, but I asked myself: ‘How good is it?’ Now I know,” said Ogier. The Polo was impeccable and Ogier just as good on the way to a very satisfying victory over Sebastien Loeb’s Citroen.

4: Rally Sweden, February 2015

Heavy snow on the second day was supposed to rule Ogier out of the fight this time. His Volkswagen was turned into a high-speed snow plough, clearing the road for his rivals behind him, but the championship leader refused to give in and clung to the coat tails of the guys ahead. Going into the final day, he pushed as hard as he’s ever pushed in a rally and arrived at the start of the last stage just three seconds behind his Volkswagen team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. Aided by a minor Mikkelsen mistake, Ogier won. Fact is, given the conditions he’d had to drive through earlier in the rally, he shouldn’t have been anywhere near the fight for the win. A lesser driver would have thrown the towel in much earlier. “I’m really proud of this one,” beamed Ogier, once he’d finished bashing the steering wheel of his Polo to demonstrate the fact.

5: Rallye Deutschland, August 2015

Volkswagen’s first failure on its home rally raised a smile, even among the team. Ogier and his Polo R WRC had won pretty much everything before them. But coming to the birthplace of the all-conquering car, it went south on the first full day when Ogier damaged the steering and was forced to retire. Twelve months later it was much worse, with the champion hospitalized after two monster crashes in as many days. Still no home win for Volkswagen. When Ogier arrived in 2015, there was real and genuine pressure for him to perform. The Volkswagen board would be making the trip, as usual, from Wolfsburg to Trier and this time they wanted something to smile about. Ogier delivered in superb fashion, with the result never looking in doubt.

Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) performs during FIA World Rally Championship in Deeside, Great Britain on 27  November 2016

Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) performs during FIA World Rally Championship in Deeside, Great Britain on 27 November 2016

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Sauber F1 Team Preview – United States GP & Mexican GP 2016

18th and 19th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship

18 October 2016
Post photo from USGP 2015

After three Asian oversea races within the last month, Formula One now heads to America. The last of six back-to-back race weekends this season approaches with the United States Grand Prix followed by the Mexican Grand Prix. Last year the Sauber F1 Team celebrated its 400thGP in Texas, at which Felipe Nasr scored two points by finishing in the top ten. The Mexican Grand Prix is directly afterwards on the calendar, which is a popular race weekend with teams and drivers after its successful revival in Mexico City in 2015.

Partner News: Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, Official Partner of the Sauber F1 Team, marks a memorable milestone: For 20 years, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation has funded cutting-edge cancer research, and, while extraordinary advances have been made, there are still patients for whom there is little hope. Support the #20for20 campaign and help to fund 20 cutting-edge research projects in celebration of its 20th year anniversary. Starting with the United States Grand Prix and for the remainder of the 2016 Formula One season, the #20for20 logo will be visible on the Sauber C35-Ferrari inside the rear wing end plates, above the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research sticker. To support or learn more, please visit http://gabriellesangels.org/20for20/.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“I believe we all remember the rather unusual United States Grand Prix due to the heavy rain in 2015. I am looking forward to going back this year, as I like this track a lot. It is a nice event at the circuit, and, as well as that, Austin is a great place to be. The Mexican Grand Prix follows the weekend after. I remember the atmosphere at the track and especially driving through the section from Turn 12 to Turn 16, which made us feel like we were in a football stadium. The Mexicans gave us a warm welcome last season, and I am sure they will do so this year as well. Looking back to the previous race weekends, we clearly made steps in the right direction, but we still need to find more pace in order to fight for points.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
“Last year’s United States Grand Prix was quite eventful, as the weather conditions led to an exciting race. Finishing in P9 was a nice achievement, bearing in mind that it was the 400th GP for Sauber. Thinking about this year, I am very much looking forward to racing on this great track again. I will do the best I can for us to achieve a similar result to last year, as scoring points is obviously our objective. At the Mexican Grand Prix it was great to see the grandstands full of people in 2015. The atmosphere at the circuit and in Mexico City was just excellent, so I am pleased to return this year. I am confident that we are keeping working to improve the Sauber C35-Ferrari, in order to make further steps to be more competitive.”

Track facts Circuit of the Americas:
The Circuit of The Americas has more fast corners than Spa-Francorchamps and more slow corners than the Hungaroring, the combination of which makes the track a very complex engineering challenge. The highest point on the lap is T1, which has a steep uphill approach and a blind entry. Sector one is characterised by five fast sweeping corners. Sector two contains a 1km straight. Sector three has a mix of slow corners and a multi-apex right-hander through which the drivers are exposed to forces of 4g for a period of 5secs.

Circuit Circuit of the Americas / 5.513 km
Race distance 56 laps / 308.405 km
Schedule Qualifying 13:00 hrs local time (20:00 CEST), Race 14:00 hrs local time (21:00 hrs CEST)

 

Track facts Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez:
For the revival of the Mexican Grand Prix in 2015, the “Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez“ had undergone several changes as well as some rebuilding since 1992. With an altitude of about 2,300 metres above sea level, the Mexican Grand Prix can be considered as the Formula One race held at the highest altitude. This altitude has an influence on the power output of the hybrid turbo engines due to the lack of oxygen. The most impressive section is between corners 12 and 16 – where the drivers feel like they are in a football stadium.

Circuit Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez / 4.304 km
Race distance 71 laps / 305.584 km
Schedule Qualifying 13:00 hrs local time (20:00 CEST), Race 13:00 hrs local time (20:00 hrs CET)

 

 

Tyre choices for the United States Grand Prix:

Driver Marcus Ericsson Felipe Nasr
Medium 1 1
Soft 5 5
Supersoft 7 7

 

Tyre choices for the Mexican Grand Prix:

Driver Marcus Ericsson Felipe Nasr
Medium 3 3
Soft 3 3
Supersoft 7 7

 

 

 


 

Sauber USGP 2015

 

Schedule for the group interview sessions during the weekend in Austin:

Thursday:
10:20-10:30 – Marcus Ericsson – TV (Swedish, then English)
10:30-10:40 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (Swedish)
10:40-10:50 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (English)

10:20-10:30 – Felipe Nasr – written media (Portuguese)
10:30-10:40 – Felipe Nasr – written media (English)
10:40-10:50 – Felipe Nasr – TV (Portuguese, then English)

15:30-15:50 – Monisha Kaltenborn – written media (English, then German)
15:50-16:00 – Monisha Kaltenborn – TV

Friday:
16:00 – Monisha Kaltenborn – FIA Press Conference

16:45-16:55 – Marcus Ericsson – TV (back of team garage)
16:45-16:55 – Felipe Nasr – TV (back of team garage)

Saturday:
15:45-15:55 – Marcus Ericsson – TV (Swedish, then English)
15:55-16:05 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (Swedish)
16:05-16:15 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (English)

15:45-15:55 – Felipe Nasr – written media (Portuguese)
15:55-16:05 – Felipe Nasr – written media (English)
16:05-16:15 – Felipe Nasr – TV (Portuguese, then English)

Sunday:
After the race the drivers will be available in the mixed zone set up by the FIA.
Monisha Kaltenborn will be available in the team’s area.

17:30 Marcus Ericsson – written media (hospitality)
17:40 Felipe Nasr – written media (hospitality)


Schedule for the group interview sessions during the weekend in Mexico City:

Thursday:
10:20-10:30 – Marcus Ericsson – TV (Swedish, then English)
10:30-10:40 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (Swedish)
10:40-10:50 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (English)

10:20-10:30 – Felipe Nasr – written media (Portuguese)
10:30-10:40 – Felipe Nasr – written media (English)
10:40-10:50 – Felipe Nasr – TV (Portuguese, then English)

15:30-15:50 – Monisha Kaltenborn – written media (English, then German)
15:50-16:00 – Monisha Kaltenborn – TV

Friday:
16:45-16:55 – Marcus Ericsson – TV (back of team garage)
16:45-16:55 – Felipe Nasr – TV (back of team garage)

Saturday:
15:45-15:55 – Marcus Ericsson – TV (Swedish, then English)
15:55-16:05 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (Swedish)
16:05-16:15 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (English)

15:45-15:55 – Felipe Nasr – written media (Portuguese)
15:55-16:05 – Felipe Nasr – written media (English)
16:05-16:15 – Felipe Nasr – TV (Portuguese, then English)

Sunday:
After the race the drivers will be available in the mixed zone set up by the FIA.
Monisha Kaltenborn will be available in the team’s area.

16:30 Marcus Ericsson – written media (hospitality)
16:40 Felipe Nasr – written media (hospitality)

Involvement in the FIA press conference means that the group interviews will be cancelled on the relevant day.


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Pirelli Qualifying Notes – Austrian Grand Prix 2016

HIGH TRACK TEMPERATURES WITH MIXED WEATHER ON A DRYING
SURFACE IN Q3 CREATES THRILLING QUALIFYING FINALE

‘BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI’


2016 Austrian Grand Prix, Qualifying

 HIGH TRACK TEMPERATURES WITH MIXED WEATHER ON A DRYING
SURFACE IN Q3 CREATES THRILLING QUALIFYING FINALE

 TWO STOPS LIKELY TO BE THE RACE STRATEGY TOMORROW

 APPROXIMATELY 0.4s BETWEEN SUPERSOFT
AND ULTRASOFT TYRES IN THE DRY

 


Spielberg, July 2, 2016 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position in Austria using the P Zero Purple ultrasoft tyre. On a drying track in Q3 – a session that started on intermediates – pole position depended on the timing of the final qualifying runs.

Track temperatures were already high for FP3, reaching 48 degrees centigrade. During the early part of qualifying, these exceeded 50 degrees centigrade: the highest temperatures seen all weekend. Weather conditions remain uncertain for tomorrow, while the demands on the tyres put the accent on traction rather than lateral forces.

A two-stopper appears to be the most likely strategy for the race tomorrow, with around 0.4 seconds between the supersoft and ultrasoft compounds. This comparatively small gap is due to the short lap and an effect of this is to open up a number of different strategy options.

All the drivers used the ultrasoft tyre for Q1, which was interrupted by a big crash for Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat that prematurely ended the session. In Q2, the Ferrari and Red Bull drivers set their best times on the supersoft rather than the ultrasoft tyre, which in theory could enable them to do an longer opening stint than for those starting the race on the ultrasoft. Rain fell during Q3, which meant that most of the session ran on the intermediates before a late move to ultrasoft slicks.

The shape of the grid tomorrow will also be heavily influenced by penalties, as a result of which McLaren’s Jenson Button will start from third.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “Austria has certainly proved to be a very unpredictable event so far, and lap times before the shower that fell in Q3 were up to two seconds faster than the times in each equivalent session from 2015. Both in terms of weather and events on the track, so we can expect this unpredictable theme to continue tomorrow. We’re anticipating two stops tomorrow and reasonably short stints on the ultrasoft, which are of course designed to provide the ultimate performance but at the expense of durability. We saw tyre strategy underway during qualifying, with Ferrari and Red Bull running the supersoft in Q2, which will give them the opportunity to run a longer first stint tomorrow. The final shoot-out was all about finding the right window of opportunity for the slick tyres to perform at their best on a drying track.”

How the tyres behaved today:
Soft: used only in FP3. Not seen in qualifying but will be a key element of the race.
Supersoft: an essential part of the strategy, with Ferrari and Red Bull running these in Q2 and so starting the race with this more durable compound tomorrow.
Ultrasoft: the most popular choice in Q1 and then used in Q3 last laps on a drying track.

Race strategy: Due to the differing data available from Friday and today, a number of opportunities are open and it is quite difficult to predict the best strategy for tomorrow. The drivers with two sets of soft tyres available have a big potential advantage. A two-stop strategy looks to be the winning one. Using the data from Saturday, two different types of two-stopper appear to be best: start on supersoft, change to soft on lap 16, and soft again on lap 44 is the optimal strategy. If starting on ultrasoft, a change to soft by lap 10 and then soft again by lap 40 looks to be just a few seconds slower.

 

FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES

Vettel 1m07.098s Ultrasoft New
Raikkonen 1m07.234s Ultrasoft New
Hamilton 1m07.308s Ultrasoft Used

QUALIFYING TOP 10

Hamilton 1m07.922s Ultrasoft New
Rosberg 1m08.465s Ultrasoft New
Hulkenberg 1m09.285s Ultrasoft New
Vettel 1m09.781s Ultrasoft New
Button 1m09.900s Ultrasoft New
Raikkonen 1m09.901s Ultrasoft New
Ricciardo 1m09.980s Ultrasoft New
Bottas 1m10.440s Ultrasoft New
Verstappen 1m11.153s Ultrasoft New
Massa 1m11.977s Ultrasoft New

 

 

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

Soft Magnussen 30 laps
Supersoft Palmer 26
Ultrasoft Grosjean 23
Ultrasoft Rosberg 23
Ultrasoft Sainz J 23
Intermediate Perez 15

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

Intermediate Perez 1m15.902s
Soft Hamilton 1m09.145s
Supersoft Vettel 1m06.602s
Ultrasoft Hamilton 1m06.228s

TYRE SETS AVAILABLE FOR THE RACE

 

 


 

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Aberdeen 5th November 2015

I always feel very welcome when I travel to Scotland , but this time was very special.

Part one out of three is the first one posted below. I will add the other two as soon as they are up on Vimeo.

 

I am at a hotel, so it might take a while … 😉

I always feel very welcome when I travel to #Scotland , but this time was very special.
5th November is something special in #Aberdeen, I do not know the story behind this 🙂
Thursday afternoon I saw one of the most fantastic fireworks I have ever seen, it lasted for approximately 20 minutes. I was lucky enough to film most of it with my NOT waterproof #Panasonic GH3.  The film is divided in three for some reason.

Story found and posted below the videos !!!
Cheers.


Part 1 of 3:

 


Fireworks in Aberdeen 05.11.2015 Part 2 of 3 🙂

 


Part 3 of 3:

Vimeo will show here any time …. 😉


Festivities in Windsor Castle by Paul Sandby, c. 1776 Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords.

Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.

Within a few decades Gunpowder Treason Day, as it was known, became the predominant English state commemoration, but as it carried strong religious overtones it also became a focus for anti-Catholic sentiment. Puritans delivered sermons regarding the perceived dangers of popery, while during increasingly raucous celebrations common folk burnt effigies of popular hate-figures, such as the pope. Towards the end of the 18th century reports appear of children begging for money with effigies of Guy Fawkes and 5 November gradually became known as Guy Fawkes Day. Towns such as Lewes and Guildford were in the 19th century scenes of increasingly violent class-based confrontations, fostering traditions those towns celebrate still, albeit peaceably. In the 1850s changing attitudes resulted in the toning down of much of the day’s anti-Catholic rhetoric, and the Observance of 5th November Act was repealed in 1859. Eventually the violence was dealt with, and by the 20th century Guy Fawkes Day had become an enjoyable social commemoration, although lacking much of its original focus. The present-day Guy Fawkes Night is usually celebrated at large organised events, centred on a bonfire and extravagant firework displays.

Settlers exported Guy Fawkes Night to overseas colonies, including some in North America, where it was known as Pope Day. Those festivities died out with the onset of the American Revolution. Claims that Guy Fawkes Night was a Protestant replacement for older customs like Samhain are disputed, although another old celebration, Halloween, has lately increased in popularity, and according to some writers, may threaten the continued observance of 5 November.

 

 

 

 

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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage

Racing flair with a touch of class.

 

From – BMW Press Club

Munich/Cernobbio. Amid the audacious design studies and automotive beauties from a bygone era gathered at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the BMW Group presents its new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage – and in the process makes a pretty formidable statement of its own. This model is the BMW Design Team’s tribute to the 3.0 CSL, a timeless classic and iconic BMW Coupé from the 1970s.

“Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how proud we are of our heritage, but also how important the past can be in determining our future,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage represents a nod to the engineering achievement exemplified by the BMW 3.0 CSL in its lightweight design and performance. With intelligent lightweight construction and modern materials, the 3.0 CSL Hommage brings the character of that earlier model into the 21st century, showing it in a new and exciting guise,” he says, summarising the approach the design team took with the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. 

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Lightweight design past and present.

“CSL” stands for “Coupé Sport Leichtbau” (coupé, sport, lightweight). With its aluminium bonnet, boot and wings, Plexiglas windows and equipment rigorously pared down to the bare essentials, the old BMW 3.0 CSL tipped the scales around 200 kg lighter than its sibling model, the BMW 3.0 CS. Unsurprisingly, then, it was predestined for a career on the race track. Whereas the material of choice in the 1970s was aluminium, today carbon fibre – or carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) – offers the optimum weight-to-strength ratio. These high-strength fibres are even lighter and stronger than aluminium. And the
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage makes generous use of the high-tech composite, reinterpreting the concept of lightweight design for the modern age. Wherever CFRP is used, it is also visible – rendering the lightweight design principle tangible both inside and out. The BMW Group is a world leader in the production and application of CFRP in automotive design and can already boast many years of experience in series production of CFRP structural parts for the BMW M and, in particular, the BMW i. 

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The exterior: power and elegance.

Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, explains the thinking behind the design of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage: “For BMW designers like us, the BMW 3.0 CSL is a style icon. Its combination of racing genes and elegance generates an engaging aesthetic that continues to win hearts even today.
The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage celebrates many of those characteristic features, but without copying them. Indeed, some of the parallels are not immediately obvious. We wanted people to sense the family resemblance rather than see it straight off.”

The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is a vision of pure athleticism: the elongated body is set off by distinctive air deflectors, powerful wheel arches and prominent spoilers to the roof and tail. Despite its size, the aerodynamic elements are key in enabling air to flow optimally along the sides of the vehicle. The front air deflector serves to vent the engine compartment, while wings over the rear wheels ensure optimum airflow around the vehicle. Small rear-view cameras serve to further reduce aerodynamic drag. The large rear spoiler increases downforce on the driven rear axle and in so doing improves power transmission. The Air Curtain and Air Breather systems guarantee optimum ventilation of the wheel housings. And the sheer self-confidence and sporting prowess of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage are perfectly summed up in the original colour of its spiritual predecessor – Golf Yellow.

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The front end – muscular athleticism.

Boasting one of the broadest and lowest front ends of any vehicle in the
BMW Group, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage’s front exudes pure power and athleticism. At the centre, the characteristic BMW kidney grille stands tall in citation of the more upright styling of the kidney grille of yesteryear. The size and spatial depth of the kidney grille symbolise the output of the powerful six-cylinder in-line engine with eBoost. At the same time, the finely wrought geometry of frame and kidney struts lends the front end an air of quality and exclusivity. The characteristic four-eyed face gives a contemporary, hexagonal interpretation of front-end sportiness. Laser light and LED technology facilitate slender, state-of-the-art lighting graphics, and the flat contours of the headlamps generate that characteristically focused BMW look. A stylised “X” inside the lights divides the lighting functions and conjures up memories of the X-shaped headlamp stickers once used in long-distance racing. Horizontal LED strips create a visual bond between headlamps and kidney grille while at the same time emphasising the broad, flat impact of the front end. A large carbon-fibre front splitter reduces the gap between road and front end and, in combination with the kidney grille, offers a modern interpretation of the earlier car’s highly distinctive shark nose. Two circular openings and a series of elongated slots pay tribute to other elements featured in the earlier car, but offer a new interpretation for the 21st century. 

The sides – contrapuntal elegance.

The vehicle sides are in elegant counterpoint to the marked athleticism of front and rear. The long wheelbase and elongated bonnet appear to stretch the Hommage’s silhouette. A continuous, horizontal line encircles the vehicle by way of paying tribute to a distinctive stylistic feature of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL: its all-round chrome trim. In combination with the black highlight beneath, the continuous line intensifies the flat, elongated appearance of the sides.

A particular detail of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is the roofline. Consciously subdivided into three, the line recalls the distinctive upper section of the
BMW 3.0 CS – one of the first coupés to feature a roof that did not flow into the tail. Compared with the ubiquitous fastback coupés of the day, this was both an innovation and a design statement, a feature that exuded athleticism and elegance in equal measure. In keeping with the BMW 3.0 CSL, the Hommage features a BMW logo on each of the C-pillars.

The all-round shoulderline is also the starting point for the subtle, finely sculpted surfaces of the sides. It follows the development of the shadowy areas behind the front wheel all the way to the lit surfaces above the rear wheels. This interplay between light and shade lends movement and dynamic intensity to the generous surfaces of the vehicle’s sides. Dark CFRP areas narrow the gap between the sides and the road, again paying tribute to the consistent lightweight design of the BMW 3.0 CSL. In combination with the black graphic accents, the dark lightweight elements reduce the perceived height of the vehicle and further emphasise its flat silhouette. The black 21″ alloy wheels in matt and high-gloss bi-colour versions offer an additional unique highlight. Air control blades in the interstices of the wheel rims, meanwhile, serve to further optimise aerodynamics.

The rear end – a muscular presence.

As with the front end, the vehicle’s tail is broad and muscular in design. Generous surfaces generate presence, horizontal elements emphasise width.
A particular highlight is the styling of the rear lights: an LED strip above the spoiler links the two lights, thus giving the rear end a formal framework. The powerfully sculpted rear apron with CFRP diffusor creates a visual impression of the BMW 3.0 CSL’s raw power. Even viewed from above, the BMW 3.0 CSL is extremely dynamic. From kidney grille to headlamps, the bonnet traces a broad “V” – a nostalgic throwback to a distinctive and dynamic element of earlier
BMW coupés. 

The interior – purist elegance.

Pared down to a minimum, the interior of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage puts its lightweight design on show and renders its racing character elegantly tangible. All interior elements are there out of absolute necessity, every part has a high-quality design, structural or drive-related function. In the all-CFRP interior, the only wood-like presence is the “instrument panel” – a cross-member and purely structural element. This is a clear reference to the interior of the earlier
BMW 3.0 CSL, which featured an all-round wood trim throughout the interior. In the new version, only the small central eBoost charging display interrupts the wooden instrument panel. Infotainment is equally minimalist in concept: a central display on the steering column informs the driver of the current gear, speed, revs and shift point. 

Racing genes and lightweight design with finesse.

Other racing features include bucket seats with high-quality stitching, a six-point belt and red anodised safety features such as the outlet nozzles for the extinguishing foam, the fire extinguisher itself, and the two switches on the centre console for the emergency shut-off and fire extinguishing mechanism. The only elements in the rear of the vehicle are two helmets integrated into the transmission tunnel. These are held in place by a belt when not in use. In the place of a rear seat bench, there are only covers for the eBoost energy accumulators. Special reflector technology in combination with LED strips create an impressive 3D effect on the covers.

In its use of cutting-edge materials and detailed solutions, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage displays technical sophistication and subtlety of form. Meticulously crafted aluminium sleeves add high-quality accents at the junctions between individual structural elements. The door design is as minimalist as it is expressive: precise, clean surfaces trace an arc rearwards, lending the door element a flowing, dynamic quality. The door openers combine a DTM-style pull strap with the elegant handle-integrated opener of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL, resulting in the hybrid solution of a nylon pull strap located directly behind the grab handle in the door. As with the interior as a whole, this detail lends expression to the unique character of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage: a winning combination of lightweight design, athleticism and elegance.


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