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Motor racing great Sir Stirling Moss dies aged 90

Published 12 April 2020

Motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has died aged 90. Moss, arguably the most famous man never to win the F1 title, died at his home after a long illness.

'It was one lap too many, he just closed his eyes,' said his wife Lady Moss.

Moss retired from public life in 2018. In December 2016, he spent more than four months in hospital after developing a chest infection while on holiday in Singapore. 

Moss won 16 of the 66 F1 races he competed in from 1951 to 1961. And he become the first driver to win a home grand prix when he top the chequred flag in 1955 at Aintree.

He came closest to winning the F1 title in 1958 but lost out to Mike Hawthorn. He was runner up in the Formula One drivers' championship but top spot eluded him.

A much-loved figure on and off the track, Moss was a successful commentator and broadcaster. He was named knighted in 2000.

But it wasn't just F1 that Moss could turn his hand to. One of the true all-rounders, he was a first class rally driver and in 1955 set a new course record in the Mille Miglia - the 1000-mile race in Italy.

A crash at Goodwood in 1962 left him in a coma for a month and even after he regained consciousness he was still partially paralysed for six months.

But he did recover and continued to race in historic cars and legends events until 81.

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