It is with considerable sadness that I have to report the death of Andrea de Cesaris in a motorcycle accident at the age of 54. The delightful Italian spent 14 years racing in F1 in the 1980s and early 1990s, with spells at Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Ligier, Minardi, Brabham, Rial, Dallara, Jordan, Tyrrell and Sauber. He never managed to win a race, despite leading on a number of occasions, but he had a great deal of natural talent. He had a rather alarming twitch which many believed caused some of the many accidents that he used to have, indeed he is remembered at McLaren for having crashed in every single race he did for the team. He was fortunate in that he enjoyed the support of Philip Morris Italy for many years and so did not fade out of the sport as quickly as might have been the case. In the end he competed in more than 200 Grands Prix and scored five podiums. He later took part in Formula Masters races, but spent his life trading currency each winter and then windsurfing each summer.
According to reports from Italy, de Cesaris was killed when he crashed his motorcycle near Rome.