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The Ligier JS41 was a Formula One car designed by former Lotus designer Frank Dernie for use by the Ligier team in the 1995 Formula One season. The number 26 seat was taken by Olivier Panis and the number 25 seat was shared by Martin Brundle and Aguri Suzuki. The team's test driver was Franck Lagorce. The engine was a Mugen-Honda MF-301 3.0 V10. The team's main sponsor was Gitanes.

Ligier JS41
Martin Brundle driving the JS41 at the 1995 British Grand Prix.
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorLigier
Designer(s)Frank Dernie
PredecessorJS39
SuccessorJS43
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisCarbon fibre and Kevlar monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbone, pushrod
Suspension (rear)Double wishbone, pushrod
EngineMugen Honda MF-301h, 2,998 cc (182.9 cu in), 72° V10, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionBenetton transverse 6-speed semi-automatic
FuelElf
TyresGoodyear
Competition history
Notable entrantsLigier Gitanes Blondes
Notable drivers25. Japan Aguri Suzuki
25. United Kingdom Martin Brundle
26. France Olivier Panis
Debut1995 Brazilian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
17000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The JS41 was virtually a copy of the Benetton B195, other than the engine (the Benetton used Renault engines). This was possible as Ligier was partly owned by Flavio Briatore, Benetton's director, who sold his shares in the team to Tom Walkinshaw, the engineering director of Benetton, during 1995. As a result, the JS41 was one of the most competitive Ligiers in years which allowed Brundle and Panis to regularly fight for points in races.

A JS41 chassis was later bought by Bridgestone to test the company's tyres prior to its entry into Formula One in 1997.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts. WCC
1995 Ligier Gitanes Blondes Mugen Honda MF-301h
V10
G BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR PAC JPN AUS 24 5th
Aguri Suzuki 8 Ret 11 6 Ret DNS
Martin Brundle 9 Ret 10* 4 Ret Ret 3 Ret 8 7 Ret
Olivier Panis Ret 7 9 6 Ret 4 8 4 Ret 6 9 Ret Ret Ret 8 5 2

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