ROME, Italy — staff report — Former Formula One driver Andrea de Cesaris has died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, according to the Roma Repubblica and NBC Sports.
The Italian news outlet reported that de Cesaris, a 55-year-old Italian who raced in F-1 from 1980-94 – including a one-year stint in 1981 with McLaren – was riding his motorcycle in Buffaletta, Rome, when he hit a guardrail at high speed.
De Cesaris was a popular driver among F-1 drivers and fans despite holding the record for most F-1 starts – 208 – without a win, with two second-place finishes in 1983 as his best results.
McLaren and Scuderia Ferrari posted their condolences on Twitter following confirmation of De Cesaris’ passing.
De Cesaris also competed in the Grand Prix Masters division for retired F-1 drivers from 2005-06.