Sir Stirling Moss
Well, who else would we start with?
During his career, Moss accumulated 16 wins in just 66 races, which to this day is more than anyone else to have never won a championship. He finished runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship four times, and third on three other occasions.
The closest he came to winning the title was in 1958 when he lost to Mike Hawthorn by just one point. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Moss was one of those priceless drivers who could out-perform the machinery: he cites his win in the 1961 Monaco GP, during which he held off three hard-charging and superior Ferrari 156s in his uncompetitive Lotus 18, as his greatest ever. If you haven’t seen it, watch it.
He was also a true gentleman, as many of the Top Gear team will testify, and we were greatly saddened to hear of his death. RIP, Sir Stirling Moss.