Motor racing great Sir Stirling Moss has died quietly on Sunday at his home in London at the age of 90 and had been ill for some time. his wife Lady Moss told the PA news agency he died peacefully at his London home following a long illness.
“It was one lap too many,” she said. “He just closed his eyes.” he won 212 of his 529 races, including 16 Grand Prix victories, but never won the Grand Prix Championship title.
Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss, was a British racing driver. He was born on the 17th September 1929, he was the son of amateur racing driver Alfred and his wife Aileen.
However, the legend competed in Formula One championship. An inductee into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. The Brit won 212 of the 529 races including 16 Grand Prix victories but never won the Grand Prix Championship title in his 14 years career old.
Besides F1, he entered several categories of competition and has been described as "the greatest driver never to win the World Championship".
In a seven-year span between 1955 and 1961 Moss finished as championship runner-up four times and in third place the other three times.
Enzo Ferrari, said once about Moss: “If Moss had put reason before passion, he would have been world champion many times.”
Moss's career started in 1948 behind the wheel of his father’s car. In the early years of his Formula One career, he often struggled due to his machinery, preferring to drive British cars rather than their often superior foreign rivals.
His first Formula One win was in 1955 at the British Grand Prix at Aintree with Mercedes and became the first British winner of the event.
Moss's sporting attitude cost him the 1958 Formula One World Championship title. in 1958 when he defended the actions of rival Mike Hawthorne following a spin at the Portuguese Grand Prix, sparing Hawthorne a six-point penalty. Hawthorne went on to beat Moss to the title by a single point.
“I had no hesitation in doing it,” Moss recalled many years later. “I can’t see how this is open to debate. The fact that he was my only rival in the championship didn’t come into my thinking. Absolutely not.”
Moss is a Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassador, having kept a close relationship with the brand, and remained an enthusiast and collector of the brand, which includes the Mercedes-Benz W113, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss among others.