10 Jun 2011

Moss announces retirement

12:07 pm on 10 June 2011

Formula One great Stirling Moss has announced his retirement from motor racing at the age of 81.

The Briton, widely regarded as the greatest driver never to have won the Formula One championship, made his decision in the Le Mans pitlane where he had been due to race his own restored 1961 Porsche in a Legends race.

Moss says he scared myself and he always said that if he felt he was not up to it or that he was getting in the way of fellow competitors, then he would retire.

He says he loves racing, but now it is time to stop.

Four times a Formula One world championship runner-up, Moss ended his professional career after a bad accident at Goodwood in 1962 but had continued racing historic cars for his own pleasure.

Moss was a contemporary of the late Argentine world champion Juan Manuel Fangio and won 16 grands prix, one more than McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel have to their credit.

The Briton lost the 1958 title by a single point to compatriot Mike Hawthorn, his country's first champion, despite winning four races to his rival's sole victory.