With 85 years on the odometer, Sir Stirling Moss is Bernie Ecclestone’s senior – even if by just one year. The man who is considered the greatest F1 driver never to have won the championship comments on modern F1 racing infrequently, but when he speaks – the distinguished old gentleman, often causes a furore.
Speaking on the matter of women in F1, Sir Stirling gave his opinion to BBC radio in 2013. “We’ve got some very strong and robust ladies, but, when your life is at risk, I think the strain of that in a competitive situation will tell when you’re trying to win.
“The mental stress I think would be pretty difficult for a lady to deal with in a practical fashion. I just don’t think they have aptitude to win a Formula One race,” adding, “I don’t know if they’ve got the mental aptitude to race hard, wheel-to-wheel,”
2013 was the year of the faux pas for the non-politically correct British racing driver. In another interview when asked who he would like to portray him in a Hollywood style movie, Moss replied: ‘I hope the actor would be masculine, not a poofter or anything like that. Perhaps the guy from Skyfall?’
In slightly less controversial form, Sir Stirling is back talking F1 at the launch of his book – ‘My Racing Life’.”
Moss is unimpressed by the champagne spraying on the podium. “With good looking girls, I think it would be rather nice to give them an embrace rather than cover them in champagne, frankly.”
Recently, Lewis Hamilton and Sir Stirling spent time together in Monza where Lewis was turning his hand to driving the beasts from Moss’s ear. Moss observes with remarkable frankness, “The thing Lewis is really interested in is music, not driving.”
“I don’t think Lewis is great yet,” the guardian reports Moss saying. “We know Vettel is in there, and Alonso. And Lewis is slightly less valued than someone like Jim Clark but he’s certainly on the way.
“I would think if he clinches the title this year then he would be considered the same but you have to be very careful. Because him doing that is one thing but what Clark did to get to the same stage is different. It’s very difficult to appraise it.”
Clearly, Sir Stirling is NOT thejudge13; and does not face the wrath of the Hamfosi on a daily basis – or he would be more circumspect with his opinions
..But then again, guys of Bernie and Sir Stirling’s seniority probably wouldn’t give a….