I found this article from Italian newspaper L'Unita (25.08.1985) about De Cesaris-Ligier conflict.
De Cesaris – Ligier conflict (L’Unita, 25.08.1985)
What is going on with De Cesaris, the Roman Ligier driver? After the triple roll one week ago in Zelweg, a difficult period has started for this quick driver but the team manager doesn’t love so much. Guy Ligier, the team owner, asked him to go away. He says he paid too many millions (Lira) thanks to his accidents. Four broken chassis: 100 millions (Lira) expenses. At the Hilton elevator entrance he said: “Andrea? Vada al diavolo” (Vada al diavolo is an idiot. It is a little bit more polite way to say “**** off”…). Yesterday at the circuit he never watched to his face. De Cesaris was praying to drive even under the rain but the mechanics were laughing on his face: “with the Italian we don’t want to work anymore” they said to the engineers. So De Cesaris was more than 30 minutes in his car, waving his arms to get someone start his engine. Despite of this, in the morning, under the rain, he was the quickest. In Ligier they don’t care, they just want him to go away. De Cesaris starts again his “tour” between
the F1 teams. He was sent away in 1981 from McLaren because he damaged too many cars. The following year he was in Alfa with the team manager at that time, Corbari. The Roman driver was growing up. Then he went to Ligier and had an average season. It seems he was going to Ferrari but Arnoux pushed hard to stay. Until one month ago he was still No 1 driver in Ligier but then his team
mate, Laffite was able to get twice the podium in Silverstone and Nurburgring. De Cesaris was able to get very close to the podium only ones, in Monaco. And then that flight in Zeltweg. He is preparing his “staff”. “I want to go to Brabham” he says. But BMW is hiding away. Olivetti says that the sponsored drivers are Piqued and Surer. So De Cesaris may be without any car in Monza? It is too
early to say that. In this world (F1) where lies are half-truths, maybe the Roman driver could be helped by Marlboro to take Surer’s seat in Brabham. Yesterday both BMW and Olivetti showed their intention in deal again the matter. Maybe from next Tuesday de Cesaris will be Ecclestone’s driver. Well, it seems almost sure.
Edited by andrea, 14 January 2015 - 19:58.