By Nick Harris
12 March 2010
Sir Stirling Moss, who is recovering in hospital after breaking six bones in an accident at his home, has today tipped Germany’s Sebastian Vettel to win the 2010 Formula One driver’s championship, and says that he has placed a bet on him to do so.
The new season gets underway on Sunday in Bahrain amid great excitement, especially in Britain, because of the “dream team” British partnership of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button at McLaren. The 2010 campaign has extra spice because Michael Schumacher is returning to F1 for the first time since his “retirement” in 2006.
But Sir Stirling, 80, who won 16 Grands Prix during a career that led to him being described as “the greatest driver never to win the world championship”, has eschewed both the Britons to tip Schumacher’s compatriot, Vettel.
Vettel, 22, who drives for Red Bull, was the runner-up to Button in last year’s championship.
A message on Sir Stirling’s official Twitter feed today says: “SM backing Vettel for the championship and putting the money where his mouth is.”
Another message says Sir Stirling hopes to post a video message to fans and well-wishers later today. He is recovering in hospital after falling down a lift shaft at his home and breaking six bones.
A statement on his condition as well as photos of both his feet plastered and bound, are on show on his official website. Sir Stirling is said to be in good spirits and expects to recover from his injuries – two broken ankles plus four more broken bones in his feet – in about six weeks.