Today we want to remember Sir Stirling Moss, British racing legend who died recently at age 90 in London (UK). Considered the best racer in the history of Formula 1 without winning a title, he leaves behind an indelible mark and an extraordinary record.
This is proven by its four consecutive runners-up (1955-1958) and the three third places achieved in the following years (1959-1961). However, throughout his career he had to endure his reputation as a crownless champion, largely because of Juan Manuel Fangio. Not surprisingly, the five-time Argentine champion closed him the doors of glory on several occasions.
However, despite remaining in the shadow of ‘El Chueco’, Moss achieved 16 victories, 29 podiums, 16 pole positions and 19 fastest laps in a total of 66 Grand Prix driving for Maserati, Vanwall, Lotus, Cooper, Mercedes, ERZ, HWM, Connaught, BRM and Ferguson.
Apart from his great talent, he always stood out by his sportsmanship on and off the track, perfectly performing the role of the English ‘gentleman’, with whom he obtained the recognition and respect of his rivals, the public and the press.
Possibly his most painful defeat came in 1955 when Moss nearly achieved victory, which slipped through his fingers. In fact, he lost the World Cup in the last race –GP of Morocco– and by a single point against Mike Hawthorn, who, in addition, became the first British champion.