On This Day: Britain’s first World Champion is killed

Ask anyone of a certain vintage who was the first British driver to win a Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix and the answer will usually be Sir Stirling Moss. After all, Mr Motor Racing himself came to define Britain's interest in these fledging days of the all new championship. However, it was not Moss, but fellow Briton Mike Hawthorn who would claim this particular honour in the 1953 French Grand Prix. Five years later, Hawthorn would pip Moss to the World Championship, winning in the Morocco finale on 11 October 1958. Tragically, by 22 January 1959, Hawthorn would be…

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