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Formula 1 legend Sir Stirling Moss, who was famously known as the greatest driver never to have won the world championship has died aged 90.

Sir Stirling Moss had a 10 year career in F1, winning 16 races from 66 starts, in an era flooded with incredible talent and bravery.

Moss raced for the likes of Mercedes, Vanwall, Cooper, Lotus and BRM throughout his 10 year F1 career, and finished no lower than third in the world championship in every year where he completed a full season, finishing runner-up on four occasions.

Although Moss is mostly known for his exploits in Formula 1, including his friendly rivalries with Juan Manuel Fangio and Ferrari’s Mike Hailwood, Moss was also successful in endurance racing with notable results including a class win in the 1956 Le Mans 24 Hours, outright victory in the 1954 12 Hours of Sebring in addition to an incredible victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia with Denis Jenkinson as his navigator.

Although Moss’ last season in Formula 1 was in 1961, he had been looking at an opportunity to return the following year, and took part in the Glover Trophy at Goodwood with Lotus, but he crashed heavily, with the injuries sustained putting him in a coma for a month.

Although he came out of the coma, he was paralysed down the left side of his body for the following six months, and although he fully recovered, he found that he had lost the speed he once had and so decided to retire from racing.

In the following years Moss carved out a second career working as a commentator and also made multiple appearances at the Goodwood revival and Festival of Speed.

He may not have a world championship title to his name, but Moss will always be remembered for being one of the greatest racing drivers to have ever graced the world.

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