Ligier JS39

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Ligier JS39
Ligier JS39B
Martin Brundle - Ligier JS39 during practice for the1993 British Grand Prix (33557361031).jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorLigier
Designer(s)Gérard Ducarouge (Technical Director)
Paul Crooks (Chief Designer)
Loic Bigois (Aerodynamicist)
PredecessorJS37
SuccessorJS41
Technical specifications
Chassiscarbon fibre monocoque
Axle trackFront: 1,690 mm (67 in)
Rear: 1,600 mm (63 in)
Wheelbase2,995 mm (117.9 in)
EngineRenault RS5/6, 3,493 cc (213.2 cu in), V10, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Weight505 kg (1,113 lb)
FuelElf
TyresGoodyear
Competition history
Notable entrantsLigier Gitanes Blondes
Notable driversUnited Kingdom Martin Brundle
United Kingdom Mark Blundell
France Éric Bernard
United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
France Franck Lagorce
France Olivier Panis
Debut1993 South African Grand Prix
RacesWinsPodiumsPolesF.Laps
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The Ligier JS39 was a Formula One car used by the Ligier team during the 1993 and 1994 Formula One seasons.

The engine was the Renault RS5 3.5 V10.

The number 25 chassis was driven by experienced Briton Martin Brundle and the number 26 driven by Mark Blundell. The team did not employ a test driver. The main sponsor was French tobacco company Gitanes. The team used a semi-automatic gearbox for the first time, but retained passive suspension. The car was relatively successful for the team, achieving 3 podium finishes, and 23 constructor points.

Ligier JS39B[edit]

Éric Bernard at the 1994 British Grand Prix with the JS39B.

For 1994, the car was upgraded to 'B' specification. The number 26 seat was occupied by Olivier Panis for the whole year, however the number 25 seat was taken by Éric Bernard, Johnny Herbert and Franck Lagorce. The team's test driver was Lagorce. The engine was a Renault RS6 3.5 V10. The team's main sponsor was again Gitanes. The car did not perform as well as in 1993 but was reliable, enabling Panis and Bernard to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively in the German Grand Prix. The team scored only two other points finishes for the rest of the season.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine(s) Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1993 JS39 Renault V10 G RSA BRA EUR SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS 23 5th
Martin Brundle Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 6 5 5 14 8 5 7 Ret 6 9 6
Mark Blundell 3 5 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret 7 3 7 11 Ret Ret 7 9
1994 JS39B Renault V10 G BRA PAC SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR JPN AUS 13 6th
Éric Bernard Ret 10 12 Ret 8 13 Ret 13 3 10 10 7 10
Johnny Herbert 8
Franck Lagorce Ret 11
Olivier Panis 11 9 11 9 7 12 Ret 12 2 6 7 10 DSQ 9 11 5

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