Team boss Guy Ligier was a tough, uncompromising character, but he was also a racer, through and through.
Ligier started his working life in a butcher's shop in his home town, with his first sporting foray in the world of rowing, becoming champion of France in 1947. He also represented the France B team in rugby in the late 1940s before a number of injuries brought that career to a premature end.
Significantly, Ligier moved into the construction business from which he made his early fortune as he played a significant role in helping to develop France's motorway system.
Paying tribute to Ligier, McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said: "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.
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