British motor racing legend Stirling Moss dies aged 90

music news 14/04/2020

Mr. Motor Racing has passed away battling from a longtime illness at the age of 90. 

The daring driver was ended his career at a young age of 31 after a horrific crash left him in a coma for a month in April 1962. Just less than a decade earlier, Moss was victorious in the 1955 Mille Miglia, a 1,600km road race through Italy. He won by nearly half an hour over Juan Manuel Fangio, the great Argentine who was Moss' idol, teammate and rival.

However, he was unable to win a Formula One title which was a travesty to many in motorsport. He finished second in the drivers' championship four times and third on three occasions.

Stirling Moss, Mercedes W196 in 1955.

In 1958, Moss lost out to Ferrari's Mike Hawthorn by one point despite winning four races to his rival's one. In 1959, Moss' car failed during the final race, in Florida, when leading and again in with a chance of the title.

"I hope I'll continue to be described as the greatest driver who never won the world championship, but it doesn't really matter," Moss once said. "The most important thing for me was gaining the respect of the other drivers, and I think I achieved that."

When his resolve to drive solely for English teams waned, Moss raced for Maserati, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz - partnering Fangio in an all-star line-up. 

In total, Moss raced in 107 different types of car and boasted a record of 212 wins in the 375 competitive races he finished.