Former Formula One driver Andrea De Cesaris has today passed away following a crash with his motorbike on the ring around Rome. De Cesaris was 55 years old.
Italian newspaper La Repubblica has reported he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed violently against the guard rail. He passed away shortly after 14h00.
De Cesaris was traveling on the ring road riding his Suzuki 600, near the junction to the district Bufalotta. He was killed instantly.
Born in 1959, Andrea De Cesaris made his debut in Formula 1 in 1980 and ran on the tracks of the most important international circuit until 1994 Dubbed by the British press "Andrea De Crasheris" for the numerous accidents on the track.
During his career he worked for a large number of teams, including Alfa Romeo with whom in 1983 he enjoyed his best season, finishing 8th in the Drivers' Championship during which he finished second twice. He also competed for McLaren, Ligier, Minardi, Brabham, Rial, Stable Italy, Jordan, Sauber and Tyrrell.