Former F1 driver and sports car competitor, Sir Stirling Moss, has giving a glowing appraisal of Lewis Hamilton. The 85 year knows what he is talking about having been a star of the sport at its earliest inception.
Moss has raced against some of the best and drove in an era when driving any category of motor racing was putting your life at risk, getting a thumbs up from Moss is the equivalent of being knighted in F1 and Moss is known not to give such praise easily.
Moss is often regarded as the greatest F1 driver never to win an F1 championship, his race career started in 1948 and ended in 1962.
He competed in 66 F1 grand prix’s winning 16 races during his time in the sport and was team mate to the legendary Argentinian driver Juan Manuel Fangio when they raced for Mercedes Benz in the 1950’s.
Hamilton became the most successful British F1 driver when he won the US Grand Prix, recording his 32nd career win, passing Nigel Mansell’s record of 31 victories. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live Moss said.
“I can’t see any reason why he can’t get four or five or six championships,” Moss told BBC Radio 5 live. He is as good as we’ve got, and we’re very lucky to have him. He looks to be unassailable, quite frankly. He’s up with Jimmy Clark, and people like that.”
The reference to Jim Clark will be noted, he is considered to be one of the all time greats standing above even Fangio and Senna in terms of out right natural talent. Clark won 25 grand prix’s and two championship titles in 1963 and 1965, but was killed in an F2 race in 1965 in Hockenhiem, Germany behind the wheel of a Lotus F2 car.
“He is that good,” Moss Continued. “The cars are that reliable these days, therefore one can judge a man by his talent – his enormous talent. He’s exciting to watch.”
Hamilton also got the backing of Nigel Mansell, “It’s great because Lewis is a true racer, his target now will be Alain Prost’s record (51). I think he will attack Michael Schumacher’s record as well.”
One record Hamilton will have his eye on is surpassing the 41 win barrier which would put him ahead of his boy hood hero, Ayrton Senna.