Formula One pilot Stirling Moss, the “crownless champion”, passed away at the age of 90 after suffering a long-suffering.
Moss retired from public life in 2018 due to health issues. He suffered a lung infection in December 2016, while on vacation in Singapore.
“He died as he lived, looking great. He closed his beautiful eyes and that was it,” Sir Stirling Moss’s wife told the Daily Mail.
He piloted in Formula 1 teams such as Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Vanwall, Cooper, Lotus, and HWM, between 1951 and 1961, during which time he started in 66 grand prizes and won 16 grand prizes, the most many of the pilots who failed to win the world title.
Moss was a four-time world champion. In 1958, he proved fair play, although he could have benefited from disqualifying his main trophy rival. Moss, then at Vanwall, ranked 2nd in the overall standings, ahead of the Portuguese stage, and the title fight with his compatriot Mike Hawthorn, 1st, with 30 points.
In a race on a wet track, Mike Hawthorn was out of the loop and when he returned to the track he drove in the opposite direction of the race, on a descent that helped him restart the car.
Moss prevailed in that grand Prix, while his rival crossed the finish line second. The commissioners wanted to disqualify Hawthorn for resuming the race irregularly, but Moss defended his opponent, who was no longer penalized. After two more stages, the Ferrari driver won the world championship title with one point ahead and one victory all season, compared to Moss’s four.
Stirling Moss also competed outside Formula 1 in other car series, achieving 212 career successes. In 1955, he won the Mille Miglia Rally, a 1,000-mile competition in Italy.
Moss was forced to retire in 1962, following an accident at Goodwood, where he remained in a coma for a month and was paralyzed for six months. He continued to race in vintage cars until he was 81 years old.