British Formula 1 legend Sir Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90.
His wife Lady Moss confirmed the news, saying he died peacefully at his London home following a long illness.
“It was one lap too many,” she said. “He just closed his eyes.”
Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, posted a lengthy tribute to Moss on its website, describing him as the driver who “set the standards by which all other drivers are judged”.
“In the history of motor racing, not just in his home country but also wherever he raced around the world, Sir Stirling held a unique status which continued throughout his life, long after he retired from his frontline racing career,” their tribute said.
“Although he never won the World Drivers’ Championship, Sir Stirling was universally recognised, following the retirement of the great Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio in 1958, as the racing driver who set the standards by which all other drivers were judged, whether in Formula 1 or international sports car racing.
“His versatility and competitive instincts made him a formidable competitor in any race, even if at times the cars at his disposal were not truly ‘state of the art’, however well prepared they may have been.”
The bare statistics of Moss’s mainstream career “are extraordinary”, they said.
Commentator and former F1 driver Martin Brundle also paid tribute on Twitter, writing: “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.”
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