Moss re­gains un­wanted F1 record af­ter Ros­berg ti­tle

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

NICO ROS­BERG’S first For­mula One cham­pi­onship has had the side-ef­fect of re­turn­ing an un­wanted ac­co­lade – the most suc­cess­ful grand prix driver never to win the ti­tle – to Bri­tain’s Stir­ling Moss.

Un­til Sun­day, when he clinched the cham­pi­onship by fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the Abu Dhabi sea­son-en­der, Ros­berg had car­ried that du­bi­ous hon­our on his shoul­ders thanks to his 23 race wins for Mercedes.

The 87-year-old Moss, who com­peted in a golden but deadly era when there were far fewer races in the cham­pi­onship, ended his ca­reer in 1961 with 16 vic­to­ries.

A team­mate at Mercedes to the great Ar­gen­tine five-times world cham­pion Juan Manuel Fan­gio, Moss fin­ished run­ner-up four years in a row from 1955.

Ros­berg, who beat Bri­tain’s triple-cham­pion team­mate Lewis

MOST WINS WITH­OUT A FOR­MULA ONE TI­TLE: 1. Stir­ling Moss (Bri­tain) 16 2. David Coulthard (Bri­tain) 13 3. Car­los Reute­mann (Ar­gentina) 12 4.= Rubens Bar­richello (Brazil) 11 4.= Felipe Massa (Brazil) 11 6.= Ger­hard Berger (Aus­tria) 10 6.= Ron­nie Peter­son (Swe­den) 10 8. Mark Web­ber (Aus­tralia) 9

CUR­RENT DRIV­ERS: Daniel Ric­cia­rdo (Aus­tralia) Hamil­ton to the ti­tle on Sun­day, had taken the record from Moss in April when he won the Chi­nese Grand Prix for his 17th ca­reer vic­tory.

The Ger­man ended the year with nine wins from 21 races while Hamil­ton made his­tory with an un­wanted record of his own – the first driver to tri­umph 10 times in a sea­son and not take the ti­tle.

Re­mark­ably, only two other driv­ers have ever won 10 or more races in a sea­son – seven-times cham­pion Michael Schu­macher and fel­low-Ger­man Se­bas­tian Vet­tel.

Hamil­ton also won 10 races last year when he sealed the cham­pi­onship with three rounds to spare. The Bri­ton won 11 times in his 2014 ti­tle sea­son.

Un­til this year, the most wins by a driver in a sea­son with­out tak­ing the ti­tle was seven. – Reuters


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