During the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix weekend Mercedes decided to run a tribute to legendary driver Sir Stirling Moss on the front of the W11.
Moss died on April 12 of this year, aged 90. Hailed as one of the greatest drivers in history, Sir Stirling Moss drove for Mercedes alongside the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio during the 1955 season, also winning that year’s British Grand Prix.
Mercedes chose to honor the legend by putting a horseshoe symbol on the front of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ cars. Before becoming a racing driver Moss used to ride horses competitively and later ran a horseshoe sticker on the side of his racing cars for luck. The tribute has been suggested by racing historian Doug Nye.
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“This weekend, we will be paying tribute to the legendary Sir Stirling Moss by carrying a special horseshoe emblem on our cars across the race weekend,” wrote Mercedes on social media.
“This was a symbol which appeared on Stirling’s pioneering Cooper race cars during the early days of his career… We hope that Sir Stirling would appreciate being out front on the nose of our cars, enjoying the ride around Silverstone this weekend.”