Stirling Moss interview

Formula 1 legend Stirling Moss was at the Coys International Historic Festival to take part in the Autosport 50th Anniversary F1 Celebration parade.

Stirling Moss interview

He took time out from his on-track commitments to talk with Autosport.com about his fans, the historic racing scene and his thoughts on the current state of F1.

You are a regular fixture at events like Coys, and are still very popular with the crowds. What's it like to still be a hero after all these years?

It's nice to know that so many people still follow historic racing. And it's very flattering to get such a response from the fans after all these years.

How has Formula 1 changed since your day?

It was very exciting in the old days, but it doesn't really compare with today because you aren't comparing like with like.

Who do you think will win the F1 World Championship this year?

It should be Michael Schumacher, but Mika Hakkinen appears to be coming back after a few races off the boil. David Coulthard has gone well over the last couple of races, so I wouldn't discount him from having a crack at the title.

I don't think anyone else will be able to have a go. Possibly Heinz-Harald Frentzen. But a guy I think has been doing really well is Pedro de la Rosa. He obviously doesn't have a chance of the World Championship, but I've been impressed with his form this season.

What is your opinion on the battle between Silverstone and Brands Hatch for the British GP?

I've seen some good racing at Silverstone over the years, but it's a very different circuit to Brands. The disaster that took place in April was not of Silverstone's making. It was because of the weather. I think the race should go back to its July date again and stay at Silverstone. (see separate news story)

What was it like racing against someone of the stature of John Surtees?

John had the most amazing car control. Whether he was facing forwards, sideways or backwards he was always in control of his car, and that gave you a lot of confidence when you were following him. It must be because he started racing bikes, and learned how to control those before he switched to cars.

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