The veteran Italian driver was a mainstay of the F1 grid for all of the 1980s and into the '90s, driving for a wide variety of teams including Alfa Romeo, McLaren, Ligier, Minardi, Jordan and Tyrrell. Though he never won a grand prix, he did claim five podiums, one pole position and a fastest lap over the course of his long career.
De Cesaris reportedly died instantly in a motorcycle accident in his home town of Rome yesterday. He was 55 years old. Our condolences go out to his grieving friends and family.