One of the best and most renowned F1 drivers of all time, Sir Stirling Moss is leaving active public life. This follows a statement made by his son earlier in the year that Moss had a slow recovery from a chest infection he had while away in Singapore on holiday in December 2016. The infection has made it difficult for the veteran driver to maintain an active role in racing. The announcement comes after reports indicated that he spent 134 days in a hospital before being flown back home to the UK. Moss retires to a quiet life with his wife and family.
Sir Stirling Moss goes down in history as a grand Formula 1 driver. His illustrious career ended with a record 16 wins of 66 Grand Prix races in 1951 through to 1966. Moss is the first F1 driver in UK history to have won a home race. He won a record 212 out of the 529 races.
His crowning achievements include the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix victory. He won the race in a lotus against the much faster Ferraris. The 1955 Mille Miglia was a highlight of his career. He set a new course record in that 1,000-mile race across Italy.
Sir Moss has been known to bounce back in times of adversity. The indefatigable driver survived a crash at Goodwood in 1962 that left him in a coma for a month. He was partially paralyzed six months after that. The crash forced him to call it quits from top-level motorsport. In 2010, Moss survived a fall at his London home. The accident down a shaft resulted in two broken ankles and shattered bones in his feet. 2011 would see Moss officially retire from active driving.