Mosley, Stewart Blame FIL, Olympic Organizers for Kumaritashvili's Death

We know this is almost impossible to envision, but former 3-time Formula One champion Sir Jackie Stewart and former FIA president Max Mosley have actually agreed on something. Unfortunately, the think that they've agreed upon is related to the death of young Georgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili, who lost his life during the practice sessions of the Vancouver Winter Olympics last week.

Known to be some of the most important figures that have marked the history of Formula One – and international racing, as far as Mosley is concerned – in terms of safety, the two have slammed the International Luge Federation (FIL) for the poor safety it ensures for their competitors during the Olympic Games, currently taking place in Vancouver.

The International Luge Federation (FIL) is where formula one was 40 years ago – the whole mindset is wrong. Instead of seeking to blame an accident on driver error, they should be seeking to minimize the probability than an error will lead to a tragedy,” said Mosley in an interview with The Times, hitting the Canadian organizers for trying to put the blame on an alleged driving error from the 21-year old Georgian.

Clearly it was almost impossible for the luger to miss hitting one of the metal girders on the edge of the racing line because of the angle at which he came off. Had it been motor sport, there would have been a debris fence to stop a sled or a rider from coming into contact with those sort of structures,” added Stewart.

Most recently, motor racing was also struck by the tragic deaths of some young racers, the first name that comes into mind being of Henry Surtees (during an F2 race at Brands Hatch, in 2009). A few days after that, Felipe Massa was almost killed when a car part coming from another single-seater struck his helmet and left him unconscious, as he later crashed into the tire walls. As a consequence, the FIA immediately ordered the further development of racing helmets throughout the range of sports governed by the Paris body, including the WRC.
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