Moss built a huge lead, eventually taking his 10th career win, and fourth of the season, by almost 90 seconds – with fastest lap to boot. His pit signals would have kept him informed of the gap to Hawthorn, but the #6 Ferrari Dino came home second to win the title by a solitary point. Hill, almost certainly under orders not to pass Hawthorn, finished right on his tail in third place.
It was the fourth season on the trot that Moss had finished runner-up, this time by the smallest of margins. In a great day for British motorsport, his countrymen Tony Brooks, Peter Collins and Roy Salvadori made it a 1-2-3-4-5 clean sweep in the final Drivers’ standings, with Vanwall securing the inaugural Constructors’ crown.
That strong sense of national pride was overshadowed by the terrible burns suffered by up-and-coming star Lewis-Evans in a fire caused by engine failure in the closing stages of the race. The 28-year-old, who was managed by Bernie Ecclestone, managed to escape the inferno, but would succumb to his injuries six days later having been airlifted back to the UK.
Moroccan GP, 1958
1. Stirling Moss (GB) – Vanwall, 53 laps
2. Mike Hawthorn (GB) – Ferrari 246, +1m24.7s
3. Phil Hill (USA) – Ferrari 246, +1m25.5s
4. Jo Bonnier (S), BRM P25, +1m46.7s
5. Harry Schell (USA), BRM P25, +2m33.7s
6. Masten Gregory (USA), Maserati 250F, 52 laps
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