Top Gear has been praised by fans for its ‘beautiful’ tribute to the late Formula One racing driver, Sir Stirling Moss.
In April this year, the legendary racer died aged 90 following a long illness.
And the motoring show presenters, Paddy McGuinness, Chris Harris and Freddie Flintoff decided to pay their respects to the driving pro.
‘Earlier this year, Britain lost one of its true greats,’ Chris said when introducing the segment. ‘Legendary racing driver Sir Stirling Moss passed away at the age of 90.
‘We wanted to pay our respects.’
Looking back over Sir Stirling’s career, Chris took viewers through a whirlwind of victories – placing the star in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
‘Sir Stirling Moss was everything a racing driver should be. Sports car F1 Car even Land speed racer, he was supremely fast wherever he drove,’ the host explained.
‘He was also supremely competitive, taking over 200 victories in a career that helped define what it meant to be a racing driver.’
Formula One Driver Tony Brooks and David Coulthard joined Chris in paying their respect, as they recalled their time with the late moroting hero.
Calling Moss a ‘gentleman’ and ‘man of his word’, Chris then recalled the driver’s devastating 1962 crash, where he smashed both his back, skull and legs.
He was placed into a coma for a month after the accident, seeing the news become international.
‘Moss survived but it didn’t just end his season, it ended his career,’ Chris continued. ‘One recovered Moss discovered that his fitness had lost that racing edge and he retired immediately, at the age of just 31 Stirling’s f1 career was over.
‘Moss would always be known as the greatest racer never to win the F1 driver’s title. But it meant we could enjoy the company of this brilliant man for almost another 60 years.
‘Sir Stirling Moss wasn’t just one of our greatest racing drivers, he was one of our greatest men. the very best of British.’
Following the moving tribute, fans rushed to Twitter where the applauded the show for the short film.
‘Beautiful tribute to Sir Stirling Moss #TopGear,’ one wrote while another said: ‘Top Gear proper funny today. Really poignant piece about Sir Sterling Moss too. This series is awesome.’
Others felt the same as they added: ‘What a wonderful tribute to Sir Stirling Moss by @harrismonkey on #TopGear tonight. Detailed and thought provoking it showed why Sir Stirling was and continues to be so admired and respected.
‘His bravery, talent and sportsmanship were inspirational.’
Top Gear continues Sunday at 8pm on BBC One.
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