Motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss is recovering from a serious chest infection in a Singaporean hospital having been admitted a few days before Christmas.

Often referred to as one of the greatest drivers to never win the Formula 1 world title, Moss’s condition is described as stable and he is said to be “in good spirits,” according to a family statement.

It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the 16-time grand prix winner, due to the severity of the infection there were complications that have meant his recovery “has not been as speedy as was expected or wished”.

“His condition continues to improve and his doctors now consider him to be stable,” a statement read.

“Sir Stirling is in good spirits and only upset about having missed his Christmas cruise with friends.

“The hospital in Singapore is second to none and the consultants, doctors, nurses, therapists and staff looking after him could not be more wonderful. Lady Moss says she could not wish for a better facility or a more qualified team.

“Once he is discharged from the hospital, it is Sir Stirling and Lady Moss’ hope to stay in Singapore to enjoy a few days recuperating at a lovely hotel, being thoroughly spoilt, whilst lying in the sun by a gorgeous swimming pool.”

The 87-year-old Briton was four times the runner-up in the Formula 1 world championship in his active years from 1951 to 1961, and became the first British driver to win a home grand prix in 1955 at Aintree.

Not only was Moss a craftsman behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car, but an exceptional rally driver also, setting a new course record on his way to winning the famous Mille Miglia – a 1,000-mile race in Italy – in his only appearance in 1955.

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