Moss sure that Hamilton is on to another winner

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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Stirling Moss is a great admirer of Lewis Hamilton but he has distinct views about how a winner should behave on the Formula One podium.

It is not that he disapproves of the champagne spraying that landed the Mercedes driver in trouble in China this month, with the Briton aiming a stream of bubbly at a hostess, but his was a very different era.

"Champagne spraying didn’t really exist in my day, it was brought in mostly by (American) Dan Gurney. I think he was the first person who did it," Moss told Reuters in an interview on Thursday.

"With good looking girls, I think it would be rather nice to give them an embrace rather than cover them in champagne, frankly."

Moss, now 85 and generally recognized as the greatest driver never to win a Formula One title, can otherwise see something of himself in Hamilton -- even if the 30-year-old has already won two championships.

The pair are both two times winners of the British Grand Prix, with Moss the first Briton to triumph on home soil in an epic 1955 race and Hamilton the most recent last year, and both with Mercedes.

The two men recently got together at the venerable Monza circuit near Milan to lap the ancient banking in the 1955 Mercedes that Moss used to win that year's Mille Miglia (thousand miles) road race from Brescia to Rome and back.

"He really was quite excited to drive the car," said the winner of 16 grands prix and four times F1 championship runner-up, at a book launch ("Stirling Moss: My Racing Life") to coincide with the 60th anniversary of his celebrated victory.   Continued...

Former English Formula One driver Stirling Moss waves to spectators as he sits in his 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza during the Ennstal Classic rally near the Austrian village of Groebming July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger