Hot Laps with F1 Champ Lewis Hamilton and Sir Stirling Moss

Legendary race driver Sir Stirling Moss passed away Sunday, April 12, 2020 in London at the age of 90 after a long illness. He is survived by his third wife, Susie, and two children. We’ve resurfaced one of our favorite stories we’ve published about him in his memory. 

Six decades ago, Sir Stirling Moss risked life and limb racing here at Italy’s Autodromo Nazionale Monza, and now the driver—85 years old and as feisty as you’d expect a legendary ex-racer to be—asks reigning Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton how he makes sense of the 30-some buttons on the steering wheel of his Mercedes-AMG Petronas W06 Hybrid. Later, the exchange reverses: After lapping the high-speed banked oval in formation with Moss, Hamilton is so enraptured with a raucous, bullet-shaped 1955 Mercedes-Benz W196 that he begs for one more lap in the car. Without a helmet.

This curious generational mash-up has been orchestrated by Mercedes-Benz on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Moss’ heroic win at the 1955 Mille Miglia, the 1,000-mile road race during which Moss averaged 97.96 mph over 10 hours, 7 minutes, and 48 seconds, driving his No. 722 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR on closed public roads.

“The whole idea of racing is to be unsafe and get away with it.” — Stirling Moss

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