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STIRLING MOSS

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Stirling Moss

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If this list was for the greatest all-round racing driver, there'd be a strong case for putting Stirling Moss right at the top. Success in sportscars, touring cars and rallying underlined the breadth of his talent.

And he was great enough in F1 to be high up here too. Having learned his craft alongside Juan Manuel Fangio at Mercedes-Benz in 1955, Moss increasingly became the great Argentinian's main rival. After Fangio retired, Moss took over the mantle of the best driver in the world until his Goodwood crash in 1962.

Among his 16 GP wins were some of the greatest F1 victories: beating Fangio by over three minutes at Pescara in 1957; winning the '58 Argentinian GP in a two-litre Cooper; defeating the otherwise dominant 1961 Ferraris at Monaco and the Nurburgring in a privateer Lotus.

Moss may never have won the world championship, but his peers used him as benchmark by which they judged their own performances. Enough said.

Stirling Moss

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Should Stirling Moss be higher or lower in F1's greatest drivers?

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STATISTICS

Born17 Sep 1929
Age87
Active years1951 - 1961
Best2nd (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958)
Presences67
Starts66
Wins16
Podiums24
Poles16
Front row37
Fastest laps19
Races led31

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