| LONDON, June 9
LONDON, June 9 Formula One great Stirling Moss
announced his retirement from motor racing at the age of 81 on
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 RS61 in a Legends race.
"This afternoon I scared myself and I have always said that
if I felt I was not up to it or that I was getting in the way of
fellow competitors, then I would retire," he declared on his
"I love 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
The Porsche he would have raced at Le Mans was damaged at
Laguna Seca in California last August when he spun off and was
hit by a Lotus.
Moss turned professional at the age of 18 in 1948, racing a
Cooper 500 two years before the Formula One world championship
started, with his 1955 Mille Miglia victory for Mercedes a
He survived a three-storey plunge down a lift shaft at home
in March 2010, breaking both ankles and four bones in his feet,
but recovered to get back behind the wheel again by July.
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.
A keen follower of social media and the latest technology,
Moss had earlier advised more than 13,700 followers on Twitter
of his decision.
"It's official the white Patey helmet has been hung up for
good. Stirling Moss has retired from competitive racing," the
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond; To query
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