Moss will always be an F1 great despite lack of title - Hill

Stirling Moss was a runner-up to five-time F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio on three occasions and came second in the drivers' standings a fourth time in 1958.

Damon Hill does not believe the lack of silverware stops Stirling Moss being perceived as an all-time great.   -  Getty Images

Stirling Moss will always be remembered as a Formula One great despite not winning a world championship, according to Damon Hill.

Motorsport legend Moss died aged 90 at his Mayfair home on Sunday following a long battle with illness.

He was a runner-up to five-time F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio on three occasions and came second in the drivers' standings a fourth time in 1958.

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However, 1996 title-winner Hill does not believe the lack of silverware stops Moss being perceived as an all-time great.

"He's right up there with the great names. He's up there with [Jim] Clark and with Fangio and with [Jackie] Stewart and [Lewis] Hamilton and Niki Lauda and people like that," Hill told the BBC.

"I don't think anybody regarded him as anything less than one of the greats."

He added: "I'm sure [not winning the title] was a disappointment to him but he was so stoic, he was brought up to believe in taking it on the chin and I think he very much covered that up.

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"But as far as every driver who knows anything about the sport and all the people who follow motorsport is concerned, and the British public, we regarded him as a great champion.

"Everyone regarded him as 'the man', frankly. He was the forerunner and one of the biggest names in the sport.

"He won 40 per cent of his races that he actually competed in, in all kinds of vehicles. Whatever he turned up and drove, he won in so that was an extraordinary talent he had."

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