Guy Camille Ligier (pronounced gee lee-JEE-ay; born 12 July 1930 in Vichy, Allier, Auvergne, France – died 23 August 2015) is a French former rugby player, former racing driver, former team owner and businessman who amongst other things, spent two seasons in Formula One (scoring one point) and created and owned the Equipe Ligier team.
Ligier first entered F1 in 1966 in a self-entered Cooper-Maserati T81. At his first race in Monaco, Ligier finished 25 laps down and was not classified in a race with just four classified finishers. A year and a half later, at the 1967 German Grand Prix, Ligier scored his only point, finishing eighth but behind two Formula Two drivers for sixth in the F1 race.
A rich man through business (and a friendship with future French president François Mitterand) saw Ligier found the Equipe Ligier team in 1968 with driver Jo Schlesser. Schlesser, however, was killed in an accident at the 1968 French Grand Prix and Ligier started naming the chassis in his friend's honour. After buying the assets of the Matra in 1976, Equipe Ligier became an F1 team. Despite funding from the government, and Renault engines, Ligier was never a great success and Ligier sold his team to Cyril de Rouvre in 1992. When the Ligier team was sold to Alain Prost in 1997, the Ligier name left F1.
Ligier used the money from the sale of the F1 team to build a fortune in the natural fertilizer industry.
Formula One CareerEdit
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Equipe Ligier's beginningsEdit
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Formula One RecordEdit
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1967||Guy Ligier||Cooper-Maserati |
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||3540 km|
|Distance Led||0 km|
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|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
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