Motorsport world pays tribute to late F1 legend Sir Stirling Moss

The motorsport world has paid tribute to Formula 1 Sir Stirling Moss following his death at the age of 90 on Sunday

Motorsport world pays tribute to late F1 legend Sir Stirling Moss

Moss was widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers never to win the F1 world championship, finishing as runner-up four times in a career spanning 1951 to 1961.

Moss scored 16 victories through his F1 career, as well as winning a number of other high-profile events, including the Mille Miglia.

Moss remained a highly-regarded figure in the motorsport world following his retirement from racing in 1962, sparking an outpouring of tributes following his passing.

"Today, the sporting world lost not only a true icon and a legend, but a gentleman," Mercedes - the team Moss raced for in 1955, wrote on Twitter. "The Team and the Mercedes Motorsport family have lost a dear friend. Sir Stirling, we'll miss you."

"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," wrote Williams F1 driver George Russell. "My thoughts are with his family."

Former grand prix driver Martin Brundle paid tribute to "a mighty racer and gentleman," say Moss "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."

FIA president Jean Todt said: "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."

"Saddened to read of the passing of Sir Stirling Moss," wrote McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown. "A Formula 1 great, versatile racer and incredible ambassador for British and international motorsport. My respects and sympathies to his loved ones."

Moss served as the Vice-President for Life of the British Racing Drivers' Club, which wrote: "We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of BRDC Member, motorsport legend and friend to many Sir Stirling Moss OBE.

"Our thoughts are with Lady Moss & their family at this difficult time. A proud BRDC Member from the day he received his badge and we will all miss him dearly."

Grand Prix Drivers' Association chairman Alexander Wurz wrote: "Today we lost on Icon of our sport, Sir Stirling Moss. RIP Sir."

Ferrari vice-president Pietro Ferrari called Moss "a true personality who left an indelible impression on the history of racing."

"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," Ferrari added.

"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."

Moss was famously set to drive a Ferrari in 1962 prior to his career-ending accident at Goodwood, having also come close to joining the Scuderia earlier in his career.

Reflecting his standing even outside the motorsport community, public figures including Gary Lineker, Frank Bruno and Piers Morgan also paid tribute to Moss.

Morgan called him a "fantastic driver - a 'racer's racer' - and a dashing, debonair character," while Lineker wrote Moss had "reached life's checkered flag, and what a race he drove. Wonderful driver and a lovely man. RIP."

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