Date: 6th October 2014 at 12:46pm
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Former Formula One driver Andrea de Cesaris has died following a motorbike crash in Italy.

The 55-year-old reportedly lost control of his motorbike in Rome and died when it crashed into a concrete barrier.

Andrea de Cesaris made his debut in Formula One at the 1980 Canadian Grand Prix, it was his first of 208 Formula One starts driving for the likes of Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Ligier, Minardi, Jordan, Tyrell and Sauber.

His last Grand Prix came at the 1994 European Grand Prix at Jerez, Spain.

He stood on the podium five times, starting from pole position once.

Andrea de Cesaris remains the driver with the most Grand Prix starts to have never won a race.

He also holds the records for the most consecutive non-finishes [18 across 1985 and 1986], as well as the most successive non-finishes in a single season [12 in 1987].

Vital F1’s thoughts are with Andrea de Cesaris’s friends and family at this time.