Jacques Laffite leads teammate Patrick Depailler of Equipe Ligier the race throughout during the 1979 Brazilian Grand Prix, never being further back than first. He smashed the 1975 pole position record by seven seconds due to the new “ground effect” of the Ligier JS11, sat the fast lap and won one of his six Grands Prix wins.
On this day in 1992, Érik Comas crashed heavily at the Blanchimont corner during practice for the Belgian Grand Prix. Ayrton Senna was the first driver to pass the clearly struggling Comas, who proceeded to pull over next to Érik’s Ligier, turned off the redlining Renault engine preventing an explosion, and held Comas’ head stable preventing any injury. Comas said the following about the incident, “It’s likely Ayrton saved my life at that moment.”
Oliver Panis celebrates his one and only Grand Prix win, with the Ligier JS43, at the Grand Prix de Monaco in 1996. The race is famous for the lowest number of finishing cars (only three), and also for the lowest starting position to win a race. Mr. Panis qualified for 14th.