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Pair of F1 legends, Stirling Moss and Damon Hill, celebrate birthdays today

Sep 17, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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Sir Stirling Moss (84) and Damon Hill (53) celebrate birthdays this Tuesday. The pair of Englishmen each made their mark in Formula One in different decades.

Moss is widely considered the best driver to have never won a World Championship, with 16 career victories, four runner-up and three third-place finishes in the championship in the 1950s and ’60s. Unfortunately, Moss was in the news earlier this year for another reason entirely, when he made some disparaging comments regarding the ability level of women in motorsport. It got widely panned by media and other female drivers, including Williams F1 reserve driver Susie Wolff, in the aftermath.

Hill (pictured), son of two-time World Champion Graham, secured his lone World Championship in 1996 for Williams. Unfortunately for Damon, that came after a two-year run where he had lost to Michael Schumacher in the then-all-conquering Benetton, and Hill was sacked at the end of the 1996 season. He had a miserable title defense with Arrows in 1997, despite nearly winning the Hungarian Grand Prix, and scored his 22nd and final win in what was Jordan Grand Prix’s first ever triumph at Spa in 1998.

Damon Hill’s son Josh Hill was growing his racing career this year after finishing third in the Formula Renault 2.0 series in 2012. But the youngest Hill, 22, announced his retirement citing a lack of comfort and “100 percent devotion” to the sport.

  1. wallio - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Damon Hill is a legend? Don’t you think that’s a bit of a stretch Tony?

  2. Tony DiZinno - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Can’t call them both World Champions.

  3. wallio - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Grand Prix winners. I would have chosen “Ambassadors of the Sport” myself, because for as bad as 95% of Hill’s career was, he is a great promoter of F1 to this day, as is Hill of course.

    I’m just nitpicking here, but legend? Lol

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