In 1997 when Prost acquired the remnants of Ligier F1, the Ligier car for the 1997 was already designed and built. So, Prost used it through the 1997 season under Prost badge but retained model designation as JS45. Thus the car is the first Prost and last Ligier F1 car simultaneously. The drivers line-up consisted of experienced Olivier Panis (replaced for several raced by Jarno Trulli), and Japanese F1 rookie Shinji Nakano. Panis was the real leader of the team and managed to score 2 podiums (3rd place in Brazil and 2nd in Spain). Nakano’s performance was also not so bad. Japanese driver scored two points finishing 6th in Canadian and Hungarian Grand Prix.
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