British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss joined Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone last weekend to be photographed alongside two Mercedes-Benz ‘Silver Arrow’ F1 cars, writes James Beckett.
Moss raced for the German manufacturer during the 1950s – famously winning the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree as well as the Mille Miglia in Italy.
The pairing posed alongside a Mercedes W196, a type raced by Moss at Aintree, and the very car that won Grands Prix in Germany and Switzerland during 1954, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio. Also on show was one of the current 2013-specification Mercedes-Benz W04 cars, based in Brackley, that took Nico Rosberg to victory in Monaco just two weeks ago.
The W196 Grand Prix car is the only example of its kind outside of the ownership of Daimler-Benz and will be sold at auction during the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
Moss, a racer who never won the world title, but is generally regarded as one of the world’s best ever drivers, said: “The Mercedes-Benz W196 is one of the finest Grand Prix cars of all time. It is a magnificent car and I was very lucky to have been able to race one during my career. Driving for Mercedes-Benz was a dream and current drivers are very lucky to have the team back in F1 today.”
Hamilton will be back at Silverstone in three weeks time for the British Grand Prix. He said: “Driving a current Grand Prix car is lots of fun but I would have liked to have been able to race a car such as the W196 – although if I had been racing it in period I don’t think I would have been fast enough to beat Sir Stirling!”