Andrea de Cesaris (CHES-ah-iss; born 31 May, 1959 in Rome, RM, Lazio, Italy – died 5 October 2014 in Rome) was an Italian racing driver who competed in Formula One from 1980 until 1994.

He drove for many teams, the full list comprising of Alfa Romeo (twice), McLaren, Ligier, Minardi, Brabham, Rial, Scuderia Italia (Dallara), Jordan (twice), Tyrrell and finally Sauber.

De Cesaris remains the driver to have competed in the most Grand Prix's in Formula One without a race win. De Cesaris was notorious during the 1980's and 1990's as a driver who was prone to have quite significant accidents which earned him the nickname "Andrea de Crasheris", although he cleaned up his act in later years.

He died in 2014 aged 55 in a motorbike accident in Rome.

Formula One Career[edit | edit source]

Alfa Romeo[edit | edit source]

Andrea de Cearis started his career with Alfa Romeo in the latter stages of the 1980 season, replacing Vittorio Brambilla for the Canadian and United States Grands Prix. He retired in both races, an engine failure in the first and a crash in the second.

McLaren[edit | edit source]

Helped by connections with Marlboro, McLaren gave De Cesaris a drive for the 1981 season. But his lack of experience (and skill to a lesser extent) meant he only scored one point, compared to teammate John Watson's 27, who also won a race. He started fourteen races, crashing or spinning off eight times. He was dropped at the end of the season.

Return to Alfa Romeo[edit | edit source]

De Cesaris returned to Alfa Romeo in 1982 and showed his raw speed, scoring his first (and only) pole position at the United States Grand Prix West becoming the then-youngest polesitter, although he retired from the race. He then managed to score his first podium at the Monaco Grand Prix, despite running out of fuel on the last lap.

In 1983, De Cesaris had his best season, twice finishing in second place. He also lead the the Belgian Grand Prix, before a bad pit stop and a retirement stopped that from happening.

Ligier[edit | edit source]

Minardi[edit | edit source]

Brabham[edit | edit source]

de Cesaris switched to drive the Brabham team, which was the Ecclestone-owned team. It was de Cesaris' worst season as he retired in 14 out of 16 races.

de Cesaris retired with a differential problem at Brazil, spun off at San Marino, suffered a suspension failure (after hitting a wall) at Monaco and a gearbox failure at Detroit, turbo problem at France and Great Britain, engine failure at Germany, another gearbox failure at Hungary, another engine failure at Austria and another suspension failure at Italy, injection failure at Portugal, another gearbox failure at Spain, crash at Mexico and then his third engine failure in Japan.

Rial[edit | edit source]

Scuderia Italia[edit | edit source]

Jordan[edit | edit source]

Tyrrell[edit | edit source]

Final season (Jordan and Sauber)[edit | edit source]

Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team Pts WDC Pos. Report
1980 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 0 NC Report
1981 Marlboro McLaren International McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1 18th Report
1982 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 5 17th Report
1983 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 15 8th Report
1984 Ligier Loto Ligier-Renault 3 18th Report
1985 Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier-Renault 3 17th Report
1986 Minardi Team Minardi-Motori Moderni 0 NC Report
1987 Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham-BMW 4 14th Report
1988 Rial Racing Rial-Ford Cosworth 3 15th Report
1989 BMS Scuderia Italia Dallara-Ford Cosworth 4 16th Report
1990 BMS Scuderia Italia Dallara-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1991 Team 7UP Jordan Jordan-Ford Cosworth 9 19th Report
1992 Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell-Ilmor 8 9th Report
1993 Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell-Yamaha 0 NC Report
1994 Sasol Jordan Jordan-Hart 4 19th Report
Sauber Mercedes Sauber-Mercedes

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Entries 214
Starts 208
Pole Positions 1
Front Row Starts 2
Race Wins 0
Podiums 5
Fastest laps 1
Points 59
Laps Raced 7702
Distance Raced 35597.287 km (22119 mi)
Races Led 2
Laps Led 32
Distance Led 175.448 km (109 mi)


Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts Pos
1980 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg 0 NC
Ret Ret
1981 Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.png Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg 1 18th
Ret Ret 11th 6th Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret Ret 8th DNS 7th* Ret 12th
1982 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg 5 17th
13th Ret Ret Ret Ret 3rd* Ret 6th* Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10th 10th 9th
1983 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg 15 8th
EXC Ret 12th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8th 2nd Ret Ret Ret 4th 2nd
1984 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Portugal.svg 3 18th
Ret 5th Ret 6th* 10th Ret
[1]
Ret Ret Ret 10th 7th Ret Ret Ret 7th 12th
1985 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Australia.svg 3 17th
Ret Ret Ret 4th 14th 10th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret
1986 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8th Ret
1987 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 4 14th
Ret Ret 3rd Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8th*
1988 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 3 15th
Ret Ret Ret Ret 9th* 4th 10th Ret 13th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8th*
1989 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 4 16th
13th 10th 13th Ret Ret 3rd DNQ Ret 7th Ret 11th Ret Ret 7th 10th Ret
1990 Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13th DSQ Ret DNQ Ret Ret 10th Ret Ret Ret Ret
1991 Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 9 9th
DNPQ Ret Ret Ret 4th 4th 6th Ret 5th 7th 13th* 7th 8th Ret Ret 8th
[2]
1992 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 8 9th
Ret 5th Ret Ret 14th* Ret 5th Ret Ret Ret 8th 8th 6th 9th 4th Ret
1993 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
Ret Ret Ret Ret DSQ 10th Ret 15th NC Ret 11th Ret 13th* 12th Ret 13th
1994 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the Pacific Community.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 4 19th
Ret 4th Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

* Did not finish, but completed over 90% of the race-winner's distance and was classified.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Race stopped after 31/76 Laps. Half points awarded
  2. Race stopped after 14/81 Laps. Half points awarded
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