Testimonials from British Formula 1 drivers of different generations and Mercedes are among the flock of tributes paid to racing legend Sir Stirling Moss following his death, aged 90.
In a career cut short by a crash at Goodwood in 1962, Moss achieved a startling number of victories across the world of F1 and sportscar racing.
More than 200 wins in cars produced by a wide range of manufacturers made him a true all-rounder, a fierce competition of those of his generation and an inspiration to those that followed.
Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton wrote on Instagram that people should “celebrate his incredible life and the great man he was”, calling Moss “a huge part of British motorsport’s heritage”.
“To be honest, it was such a unusual pairing, our friendship,” Hamilton said.
“Two people from massively different times and backgrounds but we clicked and ultimately found that the love for racing we both shared made us comrades.
“I am truly grateful to have had these special moments with him.”
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Today we say goodbye to Sir Stirling Moss, the racing legend. I think it’s important that we celebrate his incredible life and the great man he was. Saying goodbye is never easy and can be sad but he will always be here, in our memories and will always be such a huge part of British Motorsports Heritage. I certainly will miss our conversations. To be honest, it was such a unusual pairing, our friendship. Two people from massively different times and backgrounds but we clicked and ultimately found that the love for racing we both shared made us comrades. I am truly grateful to have had these special moments with him. Sending my prayers and thoughts to his family. May he rest in peace🙏🏾
Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell said he “only had the pleasure of meeting him briefly a couple of times but even that was enough to understand why he was so highly respected”.
RIP Sir Stirling Moss.
Only had the pleasure of meeting him briefly a couple of times but even that was enough to understand why he was so highly respected.
My thoughts are with his family.
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) April 12, 2020
Ex-F1 driver Martin Brundle, who was team-mates with Moss in BTCC in 1981, tweeted: “RIP Sir Stirling Moss. A mighty racer and gentleman.
“He had a press on style on the track and in life. Remarkable man.
“Survived the most dangerous era of motorsport and died today aged 90.
“He had such great stories to tell, and it was a privilege to know him.”
RIP Sir Stirling Moss. A mighty racer and gentleman. He had a press on style on the track and in life. Remarkable man. Survived the most dangerous era of motorsport and died today aged 90. He had such great stories to tell, and it was a privilege to know him. 😢
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) April 12, 2020
IndyCar driver and ex-F1 racer Max Chilton said Moss was a “a fierce racer and most likely the best driver to never win” the F1 title.
“His charm held a room’s attention and it was a pleasure to have known him,” Chilton added.
Sir Stirling Moss was a fierce racer and most likely the best driver to never win a world F1 drivers championship. His charm held a rooms attention and it was a pleasure to have known him. Look closely and you will see why I love the first photo so much. #sirstirlingmoss #rip pic.twitter.com/7571xbMqjF
— M A X Chilton (@maxchilton) April 12, 2020
In a statement, F1’s sporting boss Ross Brawn said: “I got to know Stirling after his motorsport career was finishing and mine was starting. I was proud that I was able to count him as a friend. He exceeded the term legend. His abilities in any sort of racing car were truly exceptional.
“What I admired the most were the qualities of Stirling as a true gentleman. His behaviour towards his fellow racing drivers, and people in racing generally, were an example to us all. He fought as hard as anyone to succeed and win, but he never crossed the boundaries and he always competed in a proper way. He set the standard all competitors should aspire to.
“He was always fun to be with and enjoyed life, with Susie, to the maximum. He drove me around Goodwood several times in a Ferrari SWB in which he won the 1960 TT. Memories that will never leave me. Stirling Moss – a truly special person.”
Moss earned the first of his 16 F1 victories with Mercedes, as well as a sportscar double of the Mille Miglia and RAC Tourist Trophy in 1955.
Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius said: “The Mercedes-Benz family mourns the loss of Sir Stirling Moss. We will miss him as man, but he remains unforgettable as one of the greatest drivers of all time. His victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia made him into a sporting legend. He was both a successful sportsman and a true gentleman. And this is how we will always remember him.”
Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff added: “Sir Stirling was a larger-than-life figure in our sport and one of the survivors of an age when motor racing was about danger, bravery and camaraderie. But most of all, Stirling’s career was characterised by an impeccable sportsmanship and in this he truly set himself apart.
“He was a great figure in the history of Mercedes, both as a Grand Prix driver and the winner of the 1955 Mille Miglia. It is no exaggeration to say that we will never see his like again.
“Our deepest condolences go to his wife Lady Susie, his family and his friends. Godspeed to a true racer.”
Today, the sporting world lost not only a true icon and a legend, but a gentleman. The Team and the Mercedes Motorsport family have lost a dear friend. Sir Stirling, we’ll miss you. pic.twitter.com/XEsDf68A7r
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) April 12, 2020
Aston Martin, with which Moss won multiple major sportscar races including a class win at the Le Mans 24 Hours on his way to second overall in 1956, tweeted: “We’re very saddened to hear that British motor racing driver, Sir Stirling Moss, has passed away.
“A legend of racing and a true gentleman, he will be deeply missed by all.”
We're very saddened to hear that British motor racing driver, Sir Stirling Moss, has passed away.
A legend of racing and a true gentleman, he will be deeply missed by all.
Our thoughts go out to Lady Moss and his family. pic.twitter.com/CYNx5xbRpF
— Aston Martin (@astonmartin) April 12, 2020
Moss was also the longest-serving member of the British Racing Drivers Club.
In its notice of Moss’s death, the BRDC referenced Lewis Hamilton’s words when, after winning his first F1 title in 2008, Hamilton presented Moss with the honour of ‘vice president for life’: “Not a day has gone by in the last 60 years when you have not worn the club badge on either your lapel, tie or overalls.
“You have been the ultimate ambassador and utterly dedicated and loyal to the BRDC and all that it stands for.”
Further tributes to Sir Stirling Moss
Piero Ferrari, vice president of Ferrari: “Stirling Moss symbolised motor sport. He was a true personality who left an indelible impression on the history of racing. His versatility meant he was able to win in so many different categories, from Formula 1 to sports car endurance races. He also produced incredible performances in road races such as the Mille Miglia, setting a record that was never beaten.
“Despite not winning the Formula 1 World Championship, he is most definitely a legendary figure and he was a fearsome and formidable rival of Ferrari in Formula 1 and many other categories. His and Ferrari’s paths were about to merge when he had the accident at Goodwood in April 1962 that effectively ended his racing career, at least at a high level. At the time, in Maranello we were preparing a 250 SWB for him in British Racing Green, along with a contract to drive for us, but fate decreed otherwise.
“My father said that Stirling reminded him of Tazio Nuvolari, because of his love of racing in any type of car, something which stayed with him right to the very end of his career.”
I’m going to miss our chats, your knowledge, your jokes, your help, your direction, your infectious smile and seeing you push whatever you drove to the max even in your 80’s. Rest well Stirling. The racing World will not be the same. My heart goes out to his wonderful wife Susie pic.twitter.com/uOWgcK19vX
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) April 12, 2020
RIP Sir Stirling Moss. He learnt to drive in a Morgan Three Wheeler and we enjoyed many encounters with him over the years, including his Moss 1 chauffeur driven Morgan buggy at @shelsleywalsh in 2014. A wonderful character, may he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/wHjt7esZOf
— Morgan Motor Company (@morganmotor) April 12, 2020
RIP Sir Stirling Moss, what a legend. Has to be one of the kindest men I have ever met. A true ambassador of our sport, I was lucky enough to be working at some great events with the man over the years. I will always be a big fan. #legend
— Paul Di Resta (@PaulDiResta) April 12, 2020
Saddened to read of the passing of Sir Stirling Moss. A Formula 1 great, versatile racer and incredible ambassador for British and international motorsport. My respects and sympathies to his loved ones.
— Zak Brown (@ZBrownCEO) April 12, 2020
All at McLaren mourn the passing of a legend of our sport, Sir Stirling Moss. A prodigious competitor, supremely talented racer, and consummate gentleman, he leaves an indelible mark of greatness on the history of international motorsport. Our condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/c3vdzTuFgN
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) April 12, 2020
Sad sad news that legend Sir Stirling Moss has passed.
World Champion in all our eyes.. pic.twitter.com/xtk12ifh1s
— Johnny Herbert (@johnnyherbertf1) April 12, 2020
Perhaps my favourite memory was going to Stirling’s house once and all his scrap books had just come back from the RAC. We spent 2 wonderful hours just going through them as he recanted some amazing stories. My deepest condolences to Susie and the rest of his family and friends.
— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) April 12, 2020
Today we lost on Icon of our sport, Sir Stirling Moss. RIP Sir.
— alex wurz (@alex_wurz) April 12, 2020
Sad news to hear we have lost a true national treasure, Sir Stirling Moss. . Having a giggle at @goodwoodrevival a few years ago. RIP sir. Thoughts are with all the family. 😞 pic.twitter.com/i98cx0hc8i
— Steve Parrish (@Stavros6) April 12, 2020
Today we have lost a true legend of motorsport. A formidable racer and a real gentleman.
Rest in Peace Sir Stirling Moss.
Our thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/WUuNvergkF
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) April 12, 2020
Sit Stirling Moss has reached life’s checkered flag, and what a race he drove. Wonderful driver and a lovely man. RIP. https://t.co/1Jt3B13tqG
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 12, 2020
The #Porsche #MotorsportFamily is very sad to hear of the loss of the great Sir Stirling Moss. Picture shows the british racing legend at the wheel of the 1960 #Porsche 718 #Formula2 car #RIP pic.twitter.com/XFNt8fyCfv
— Porsche Motorsport (@PorscheRaces) April 12, 2020
We are deeply saddened to hear the news of our dear friend and Motor Racing Legend Sir Stirling Moss having passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Susie and family. #RIPSirStirlingMoss #Legend #Friend pic.twitter.com/Y79jie0tPi
— David Brabham (@brabsracer) April 12, 2020
A true icon of our sport.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family & friends.
Rest in peace, Sir Stirling Moss ❤️ pic.twitter.com/kaqA2zXbAW
— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) April 12, 2020
Some drive to compete. Some drive to win. Few are legends.
On behalf of everyone at Jaguar we are deeply saddened at the passing of Sir Stirling Moss. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. He was a pioneer and will be greatly missed.https://t.co/bZ1FiPVfJO
— Jaguar (@Jaguar) April 12, 2020
RIP Sir Stirling Moss, truly one of the Titans.
A racer whose effortless panache on & off the track saw him prosper during motorsport's most gallant and dangerous era.
A man who embodied the words 'racing driver'… pic.twitter.com/kEcAkShIjR
— DTM (@DTM) April 12, 2020
Very sad day. Stirling Moss left us after a long fight. He was a true legend in motor sport and he will remain so forever. My thoughts go out to his wife Suzie, his family, his friends #Stirling #F1 pic.twitter.com/6nRz0irtrl
— Jean Todt (@JeanTodt) April 12, 2020
A pure racer and an inspiration to the entire motorsport community. Rest in peace Sir Stirling Moss. Your legacy will live on. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/GAhMV9cjiW
— Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) April 12, 2020