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
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.
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
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.
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.
Final season (Jordan and Sauber)
Formula One Statistical Overview
Formula One Record
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC 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|
|1985||Equipe Ligier Gitanes||Ligier-Renault||3||17th||Report|
|1986||Minardi Team SpA||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||9th||Report|
|1992||Tyrrell Racing Organisation||Tyrrell-Ilmor||8||9th||Report|
|1993||Tyrrell Racing Organisation||Tyrrell-Yamaha||0||NC||Report|
|Broker Sauber Mercedes||Sauber-Mercedes|
|Front Row Starts||2|
|Distance Raced||35595 km (22118 mi)|
|Distance Led||173 km (107 mi)|
|Complete Formula One Results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||DNS||Did not start|
|18th†||Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance)||NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)|
|4thP||Qualified for pole position||[+] More Symbols|
* Did not finish, but completed over 90% of the race-winner's distance and was classified.
- Race stopped after 31/76 Laps. Half points awarded
- Race stopped after 14/81 Laps. Half points awarded