The legendary motor-racing driver and one of the most iconic figures in the history of British sport died peacefully in the early hours of Easter morning.

Lady Moss had nursed him through a long illness at their home in London. She said on Sunday. “He died as he lived, looking wonderful. He simply tired in the end and he just closed his beautiful eyes, and that was that.”

The illness was an infection which was contracted initially in Singapore in late 2016, and there is no indication that Moss’s passing was related to coronavirus.

Moss gained his fame in the years after the Second World War thanks to his signature combination of style and skill behind the wheel.

Having won 212 of his 529 races in every possible form of the automobile, Moss is considered by most to be the greatest all-round racer ever.

Moss never won the Formula One world title. However, this is widely regarded to be a result of his preference for British machinery. Between 1955 and 1961, He was championship runner-up on four occasions and placed third three times.

The British racing legend triumphed at the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, in which he outperformed the faster Ferraris of the era in his iconic Lotus. This victory came six years after his most memorable race, the 1955 Mille Miglia, in which he set a new record on the 1,000-mile course around Italy.

Moss’s career at the pinnacle of motorsport racing came to an early end in 1962 following a crash at Goodwood that left him in a coma for a month and paralysed for six months.

Sir Stirling Moss’s career and character will no doubt be remembered and celebrated by generations of motorsport enthusiasts in Monaco and around the world.