From the archives: Stirling Moss's first GP victory

From the archives: Stirling Moss's first GP victory

From the archives: To celebrate Sir Stirling Moss's 80th birthday, AUTOSPORT relives his maiden GP victory in the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree

1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree

1-2-3-4 for Mercedes: Stirling Moss wins GP from Fangio by one-fifth of a second and sets new Aintree circuit record

Stirling Moss realised the ambition of his life by winning the 10th British Grand Prix last Saturday. The race was a complete and utter triumph for Mercedes-Benz, the four cars finishing 1-2-3-4. Possibly the greatest crowd ever to watch a motor racing meeting in this country flocked to Aintree and caused the biggest traffic hold-up ever experienced in the city of Liverpool. It was estimated that more than 145,000 people were present at the circuit.

It has been said – and reiterated by Moss himself – that Juan Manuel Fangio could have won, but preferred to give his young team-mate the chance to score his first major GP success. This may well be true, but in my opinion Stirling Moss had to drive all he knew to secure his victory. The slightest falling off would have seen the champion of the world in front. Moss certainly had to earn his keep, and on his showing at Aintree is not very far behind Fangio in general driving skill.

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