Sir Moss maybe regarded as one of the best drivers to have never won the championship, but at least for 1958, he has himself to blame.
Engaged in a title fight with fellow Brit Mike Hawthrone, he pleaded to have his rival’s Portugal disqualification overturned. As a result, Hawthrone’s 2nd place finish was restored.
Come the end of the season, Hawthrone’s tally was 42 points while Moss’s was 41. He lost the championship by just 1 point. His pleading for his rival won him the accolade for sportsmanship but cost him the championship.