Sir Stirling Moss, British motor racing legend, dies aged 90
Tributes flood in for Moss, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all-time despite never winning title
Last Updated: 13/04/20 7:31am
Sir Stirling Moss has passed away at the age of 90.
The British motor racing legend, widely recognised as one the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all-time despite never winning a championship, died in the early hours of Easter Sunday after a long battle with illness.
His wife Lady Moss confirmed the news and said he died peacefully at his London home.
"It was one lap too many," she said. "He just closed his eyes."
Though Moss famously never won the F1 title, he finished runner-up four times and came third three times in a career during which he won 16 Grands Prix.
His sportsmanship cost him the title in 1958 when he defended the actions of rival Mike Hawthorn following a spin at the Portuguese GP, sparing Hawthorn a six-point penalty. Hawthorn went on to beat Moss to the title by a single point.
Moss' first Grand Prix victory came in 1955 at Aintree as he became the first British driver to win the British event.
In an age when racing drivers competed in several different disciplines alongside Formula 1, Moss won a total of 212 of the 529 races he entered, and was particularly regarded as a superb rally driver.
Moss' racing career was ultimately ended after a crash at Goodwood in 1962, which left him in a coma for a month and partially paralysed for six months.
Moss still drove at legends events until the age of 81, and retired from public life in 2018.
His passing is believed to be the result of a chest infection he caught in Singapore in 2016.
'An icon of his sport'
Sky Sports Formula 1 reporter Craig Slater remembers Sir Stirling Moss...
"Like many of the surviving heroes of Formula 1, Sir Stirling carried an aura about him.
"It was so powerful that even the modern day greats like Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton listened carefully and politely whenever they were in his company.
"Hamilton, in particular, seemed fascinated by him. Plenty of commentators have compared the two drivers.
"There was a smoothness to Moss but it was allied to his appreciation and understanding that facing risk was where races were won and lost.
"Like most of the great sportsmen and women you deal with in journalism, he was polite, he made the most of the time you had with him and he liked to be challenged.
"Moss much preferred talking about the here and now, the battles of Hamilton against Vettel and Max Verstappen than he did reminiscing about his own triumphs.
"It was typical of the man who was an icon of his sport."
'A mighty racer and gentleman': Tributes to Moss
Today we say goodbye to Sir Stirling Moss, the racing legend. I certainly will miss our conversations. I am truly grateful to have had these special moments with him. Sending my prayers and thoughts to his family. May he rest in peace🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/SDUAqxENHk— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) April 12, 2020
RIP Sir Stirling Moss. A mighty racer and gentleman. He had a press on style on the track and in life. Remarkable man. Survived the most dangerous era of motorsport and died today aged 90. He had such great stories to tell, and it was a privilege to know him. 😢— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) April 12, 2020
Heartbreaking news this morning. Sir Stirling Moss was amongst the best of the best, on and off the track and didn’t need a world championship to prove it. RIP you wonderful man and thankyou x— David Croft (@CroftyF1) April 12, 2020
Very sad news about Stirling Moss. What a life he lived.— Simon Lazenby (@simon__lazenby) April 12, 2020
RIP Sir Stirling Moss.— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) April 12, 2020
Only had the pleasure of meeting him briefly a couple of times but even that was enough to understand why he was so highly respected.
My thoughts are with his family.
So sad to hear that Sir Stirling Moss has died. Surely the greatest driver to never win a World Championship. What a life, what a gentleman. Such a lovely man to interview, I could listen to him talk for hours. Thoughts with Lady Moss and all his family & friends. #ripsirstirling— Rachel Brookes (@RachelBrookesTV) April 12, 2020
Very sorry to hear of Sir Stirling Moss’ passing. I have a few nice memories with him over the past few years. I took this photo at @goodwoodrevival where he was sitting on his own, just enjoying the racing. Later his wife Susie & he were in great form at the ball! #RIPStirling pic.twitter.com/XKYbuMdRWr— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) April 12, 2020
At the @fosgoodwood one year, his helmet wasn’t done up properly and he shouted at me “Come here dear boy - strap me up will you”! What an amazing character and driver... The greatest never to have won the World Championship. pic.twitter.com/aFaugeQO0P— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) April 12, 2020
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of BRDC Member, motorsport legend & friend to many Sir Stirling Moss OBE. Our thoughts are with Lady Moss & their family at this difficult time. A proud BRDC Member from the day he received his badge & we will all miss him dearly. pic.twitter.com/1qca9mvuRD— BRDC (@BRDCSilverstone) April 12, 2020
I am very saddened to hear the passing of Sir Stirling Moss. He privately supported me over many years and was an amazing driver in his time, he will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family and all that had the pleasure of knowing him #RIP 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/xYEnE9Ak0f— Frank Bruno MBE 🇬🇧 (@frankbrunoboxer) April 12, 2020
Saddened to read of the passing of Sir Stirling Moss. A Formula 1 great, versatile racer and incredible ambassador for British and international motorsport. My respects and sympathies to his loved ones.— Zak Brown (@ZBrownCEO) April 12, 2020