Stirling Moss


Great Britain

A5






Country Great Britain
Date of birth 17-Sep-1929 
Era 1950s, 1960s
List of honours Grand Prix victories: 16

Stirling Moss
Profile Born on 17 September 1929 in London, Stirling Moss is one of the all-time greats among racing car drivers, having won 16 Formula One races in the 1950s and 1960s. Stirling Moss was born the son of Alfred Moss, an avid racer himself, having finished 14th in the 1924 Indy 500. Son Stirling was successful at every level of motor racing, competing in every class and regularly winning. If it had not been for one of the greatest race drivers all-time, Juan Manuel Fangio, Moss would have certainly become the Formula One champion. Instead, he finished runner-up in the driversí standings four years in a row. He finished among the top three in seven successive seasons in the late 1950s. The first of Mossís 16 Formula One race wins came at the British Grand Prix at Aintree in 1955. In a fierce battle, Moss succeeded in overtaking Fangio in the last corner as the mighty Mercedes team occupied the top four spots at the finish line. Arguably, Mossí sportsmanship cost him the 1958 world championship title.He defended countryman Mike Hawthorn who was threatened with a penalty in the Grand Prix of Portugal, causing Hawthorn to become the first Briton to claim the F1 driver title. Then, following a major accident in 1962, Moss was forced to retire from competitive racing but his legacy lives on to this day. In 1990, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall Of Fame.