“He Broke More Women’s Hearts”: Watch Sebastian Vettel Pull Sir Stirling Moss’s Leg With Light Hearted Banter

Published 04/13/2020, 2:54 AM EDT


Yesterday, Formula One lost a legend of the sport. Sir Stirling Moss, undoubtedly one of the greatest British drivers, passed away aged 90. As the world remembers and honors Sir Moss’s achievements in motorsport, there’s a funny side to the Brit that not many are aware of. At the 2013 Autosport awards, Sebastian Vettel and Sir Moss engaged in some light-hearted banter which the German will surely treasure for a long time.

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When Sebastian Vettel met Sir Stirling Moss

Despite having an illustrious career in motorsports, Sir Moss failed to capture the most elusive prize in F1. Sadly, the British driver failed to capture a World Championship during his 10-year career as an F1 driver. However, that didn’t dampen Moss’s spirits while presenting the 2013 Autosport Award for International Racing Driver of the Year.

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Sebastian Vettel dominated the 2013 Formula One season. The German driver cruised to 13 wins and took 9 of those in a row, making him a 4 times World Champion. As a result, Autosport felicitated Vettel with the honor of Driver of the Year.

Sir Stirling Moss and Sebastian Vettel exchanging jokes at the Autosport show. from r/formula1

Moss handed over the awarded to Vettel but also had a few words of praise for the German driver. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Moss said:

“ I think it’s fantastic, I spent 15 years trying and got nowhere near him and he’s got 4!”

Being the quick-witted driver that he is, Vettel couldn’t resist pulling Sir Moss’s leg.

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Maybe I just speak in a German language, maybe I have “conquered” 4 championships, but he definitely conquered and broke more Women’s hearts!” said Sebastian.

Perhaps one of the most memorable moments in Moss’s Formula 1 career was his victory over Juan Manuel Fangio at the 1955 British Grand Prix. It was the first time that Sir Moss had defeated his rival and teammate.

Fangio crossed the finish line to lead a quartet of Mercedes cars to the chequered flag. While F1 fans complain of Mercedes 1-2 finishes today, the German team’s domination stretches way back in Formula 1.

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Unfortunately, 2013 was the last time Vettel picked up the Driver of the Year award. The 4 times World Champion is yet to capture another World Championship in Formula One.

Sebastian Vettel’s contract with Ferrari expires at the end of this season and his next move is still unknown.

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Abhishek Bharadwaj

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Abhishek Bharadwaj is an F1 author and content strategist at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in January 2020, he has over 700 articles to his name. While he was first introduced to the world of F1 in 2006, he started religiously following the sport in 2012 and has had an undying passion for it ever since.

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