Sir Stirling Moss | The greatest driver never to win an F1 world championship

A solitary level separated first and second within the 1958 Components 1 drivers’ world championship.

Ferrari’s Mike Hawthorn solely picked up one race victory within the season, whereas one other British driver, Stirling Moss, completed second within the championship and earned 4 wins from the 10-race season. 

Moss’ Cooper-Climax was notoriously unreliable and he retired 5 occasions with Hawthorne solely retiring 3 times within the season. 

However the essential second within the season got here on the Portuguese Grand Prix in Boavista on the 24 August the place Moss’ sporting rules bought in the way in which of a maiden world championship win. 

Hawthorne spun and stalled his automobile on an uphill part and was accused by the stewards of reversing on observe after Moss had informed Hawthorne to steer downhill, in opposition to site visitors, with a purpose to jump-start the automobile. The stewards deemed this endangered fellow drivers and docked the Ferrari man six factors.

Aintree, England. 18-20 July 1957.

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However Moss was having none of it and jumped to the defence of his championship rival and the choice was overturned by the stewards who handed Hawthorne again the six factors for ending in second place which was sufficient to see him pip Moss to the title. 

That season tells a narrative of the kind of man and racing driver Moss was, he died on the age of 90 on Easter Sunday 2020 and might be remembered by many as the best driver to by no means win a world championship. 

Moss completed second 4 occasions and claimed 16 wins in 66 begins. A startling truth is that Moss had extra race wins than world champions reminiscent of Alberto Ascari, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi and Jenson Button. However the uncooked numbers do not do Moss’ genius any assist.  

Former Motorsport Journal editor Andrew Frankel says Moss’ driving type not often noticed him attain his private restrict, and the few events when it was wanted, Moss all the time left a margin. He drove onerous, not like a lunatic. There’s a distinction. 

Moss was born in London on September 17 1929. His mother and father each beloved motorsport and his father Alfred completed 16th within the 1924 Indy 500, whereas his mom competed in hillclimb occasions and sister Pat dabbled in rallies. Clearly a household that beloved motorsport. 

Moss is maybe famously related to Mercedes-Benz, wherein he received the 1955 Mille Miglia in a 300 SLR, underpinned by the W196 F1 automobile. 

Moss and navigator Denis Jenkinson averaged 157km/h over the 1597km course beating his up to date Juan Manuel Fangio in one other Mercedes.

A crash in 1962 on the Goodwood Easter assembly in a Lotus 18 at 193km/h, noticed the 33-year-old endure harm to his head and despatched him into coma for just a few weeks together with his life was on the road. As soon as Moss had recovered from the crash he retired from racing and went again to Goodwood and did a solo take a look at and located that driving quick racing automobiles did not really feel pure any longer, 

Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that Moss retired in his early thirties from aggressive motor racing. A person with a lot spare psychological capability that he as soon as listened to the radio broadcast of the race commentary in a TT race he was main. 

What a motorsport legend. Ciao Sir Stirling Moss. 


Picture: Newspress

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