Eric Boullier pays tribute to Guy Ligier
All at McLaren are very sorry to hear the recent news that Guy Ligier has died.
Eric Boullier has reacted as follows.
"It was with great sadness that I heard the news that Guy Ligier had passed away.
"As a child growing up in Le Mans, I was inspired and entranced by his iconic and beautiful pale-blue-and-white Ligier Formula 1 cars, driven with panache and aplomb by such French racing heroes as Jacques Laffite, Patrick Depailler and Didier Pironi.
"Ligier was a very French team, employing very French drivers, but it was also very successful on the world stage, winning grands prix not only in Europe [Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Monaco] but also the Americas [Argentina, Brazil, Canada].
"Guy himself was a tough and uncompromising character, but he was also a racer through and through. Indeed, as a young man, he and his great friend Jo Schlesser had raced Formula 2 McLarens - and, when Jo later met his death during the French Grand Prix at Rouen in 1968, Guy decided to add the prefix JS to all subsequent Ligier cars as a mark of respect.
"On behalf of all at McLaren, I'd like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of a great Frenchman. Qu'il repose en paix."