Andrea De Cesaris (Rome, 31 May 1959 – Rome, 5 October 2014) was an Italian racing driver, who raced in Formula 1 most of his career.
After obtaining several successes in minor races, in 1980 he debuted in Formula 1, where he stayed till 1994. In his career he drove for many teams: McLaren, Ligier, Minardi, Brabham, Rial, Scuderia Italia, Jordan, Tyrrell and Sauber; and between them we remember Alfa Romeo, with which he obtained the best results.
Andrea de Cesaris was always seen as a driver with a very aggressive racing style, which resulted in him being involved in several incidents and led to him being nicknamed “Andrea de Crasheris” by the British press. He holds the record for most Grand Prix appearances without a win, as well as the world record for retirements and consecutive retirements. He died on 5 October 2014 at the age 55 in an accident on the outer lane of Rome’s Grande Raccordo Anulare.
- 1990 was a miserly year for the driver, who raced for Scuderia Italia and the season’s F1 World Championship saw him finish without a single point to his name. This MOMO steering wheel in the Nicolis Museum collection is here to remind us all of that unfortunate season.
- This PERSONAL steering wheel belonging to the collection of our museum was fitted on the Tyrrell 020 that he used during the 1992 Formula 1 World Championship. Despite the fact that his car suffered from an incorrect weight distribution calculation and the fact that the Pirelli tyres, which withdrew from Formula 1 at the end of the season, were not very competitive, de Cesaris managed to obtain a number of noteworthy finishes (a 4th, two 5th places and a 6th) that allowed him to achieve 9th place in the driver standings.
(Source: Wikipedia; Formula1.com)