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The Ligier JS25 was a Formula One car designed by Michel Beaujon and Claude Galopin for use by the Ligier team during the 1985 Formula One season. Like its predecessor, the JS23, the JS25 was powered by a turbocharged Renault V6 engine although the car ran on Pirelli instead of Michelin tyres after the French company pulled out of Grand Prix racing at the end of 1984. Drivers of the car were initially their 1984 driver Andrea de Cesaris and veteran Jacques Laffite who returned to the team after two fruitless years at Williams, but after a series of crashes, de Cesaris was fired by team boss Guy Ligier and replaced by Philippe Streiff.

Ligier JS25
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorLigier
Designer(s)Michel Beaujon
Claude Galopin
PredecessorJS23
SuccessorJS27
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisCarbon fibre and Kevlar Monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbones, pushrods
Suspension (rear)Double wishbones, pushrods
Axle trackFront: 1,790 mm (70 in)
Rear: 1,662 mm (65.4 in)
Wheelbase2,835 mm (111.6 in)
EngineRenault Gordini EF4B, 1,492 cc (91.0 cu in), 90° V6, turbo, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionHewland 5-speed manual
Weight540 kg (1,190 lb)
FuelAntar
TyresPirelli
Competition history
Notable entrantsEquipe Ligier Gitanes
Notable drivers25. Italy Andrea de Cesaris
25. France Philippe Streiff
26. France Jacques Laffite
Debut1985 Brazilian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
15001
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

Using the JS25, the French team were able to score 23 points in 1985 and finished 6th in the Constructors Championship. Laffite was able to score two 3rd-place finishes and also a 2nd place at the season ending Australian Grand Prix where team mate Streiff also managed to finish 3rd, although his efforts to take 2nd from Laffite almost cause both cars to not finish the race. Streiff made contact with Laffite on the penultimate lap of the race and drove the last with his left front wheel almost off the car.

Easily the most spectacular moment for the JS25 came at the Austrian Grand Prix when de Cesaris (aptly nicknamed "de Crasheris") destroyed his car in a high-speed rollover on lap 14.[2] The team had not yet seen the accident on the television monitors when de Cesaris returned to the pits and he merely told them that the car had stalled and could not restart it, causing the team to be shocked when they finally saw the crash on replay. It was after this event that team owner Guy Ligier decided he could no longer afford the repair bills for de Cesaris's frequent crashes, stating "I can no longer afford to employ this man" (this was despite the Italian's personal sponsor Marlboro paying the bulk of his salary, ironically, Marlboro pulled their sponsorship from de Cesaris after this). He was replaced by Streiff after the next race in the Netherlands.

Ironically, Streiff was almost the cause of the team missing out on what would prove to be their best result of the season. In the final race of the season in Australia, Laffite and Streiff were headed for a safe 2nd and 3rd respectively behind race winner Keke Rosberg's Williams-Honda. On the penultimate lap, Streiff tried to overtake his team-mate for second place with almost disastrous results as the two cars collided. As a result, Streiff's front wheel axle was severely damaged. While Laffite carried on in second, Streiff managed to limp his JS25 home and retain third place despite only have three wheels firmly attached to the car, with the front left wheel bouncing up and down over the course of the last lap, but somehow remaining attached to the car. It would remain a career best finish for Streiff. Guy Ligier, not impressed that Streiff had almost taken out both team cars at the end of the race when they were both assured of a podium finish, would not offer the Frenchman a drive for 1986 as a result.

The JS25 was replaced for the 1986 season by the Ligier JS27.

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key) (results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts. WCC
1985 Equipe Ligier Gitanes Renault Gordini EF4B
V6 tc
G BRA POR SMR MON CAN DET FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA BEL EUR RSA AUS 23 6th
Andrea de Cesaris Ret Ret Ret 4 14 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret
Philippe Streiff 10 9 8 3
Jacques Laffite 6 Ret Ret 6 8 12 Ret 3 3 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 2

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