Sir Stirling Moss has died aged 90 following a battle with illness.

The Formula 1 legend, considered one of the greatest drivers of all-time and the best to never win a world championship title, passed away overnight.

Moss became the first British driver to win a home Grand Prix when he triumphed in 1955 at Aintree and went on to become one of the leading figures in F1 during the 1950s by winning 16 races and finishing championship runner-up on four occasions (1955, 1956, 1957 and 1958).

Alongside his successful F1 career, Moss also starred in endurance racing as a two-time runner up at the Le Mans 24 Hours (1953 and 1956) while also winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1954 and won 212 race in total across his career in all disciplines.

Moss was effectively retired from top level motorsport in 1962 when a crash at Goodwood left him in a coma for one month and partially paralysed for six months. After recovering he continued to compete in historic race series and legends races up until the age of 81.

Moss remained a familiar face in the F1 paddock until retiring from public life in January 2018 following a series of health problems which saw him hospitalised with a chest infection in December 2016.

“He died as he lived, looking wonderful. He simply tired in the end and he just closed his beautiful eyes and that was that,” his wife Lady Susie Moss said.

Moss, who was knighted in 2000, is survived by his third wife, Susie.

 

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