Motorsport is mourning the death of Formula Two driver Anthoine Hubert, who was killed at the age of 22 in a horrendous crash during a race at the Belgian Grand Prix. Frenchman Hubert was competing in an F2 race after the main F1 qualifying event and succumbed to his injuries following a sickening 240km/h collision at the famous Eau Rogue turn at Spa.
Anthoine Hubert’s car was hit at high speed by Juan-Manuel Correa’s in the second lap of the F2 race. The Frenchman’s car crashed heavily into the barriers and sprung back on to the track and was struck by Juan Manuel Correa, who was travelling behind and had no chance of swerving out of the way. Correa’s car ripped through Hubert’s car, splitting it into two pieces.
Formula 2 is a feeder series for Formula One and is seen as the final step before progressing to F1. Anthoine Hubert, who won two races this season and the Formula 3 championship last year, drove for BWT Arden and was an affiliated driver for the Renault Formula One team.
Charles Leclerc claimed his maiden Formula 1 victory in the Belgian Grand Prix and dedicated the win to his friend Hubert. Leclerc said, “On one hand I’ve got a dream since I was a child that has been realized, but on the other hand, it’s been a very difficult weekend. We lost a friend first of all — I would like to dedicate my first win to him. In my first race, we drove together, it’s a shame what happened yesterday, I can’t enjoy my victory fully”. Further former F1 world champion Jenson Button calling the youngster “super talented”.
Devastating news from Spa today, the super talented Anthoine Hubert succumbed to his injuries after an accident in today’s F2 race. rest in peace Champion 🙏🏽😢 https://t.co/adDUDPeakI
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) August 31, 2019
The current F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton paid a heartfelt tribute to Hubert on Instagram and called on fans to better appreciate the dangers of racing. He wrote in his post, “If a single one of you watching and enjoying this sport think for a second what we do is safe your (sic) hugely mistaken. All these drivers put their life on the line when they hit the track and people need to appreciate that in a serious way because it is not appreciated enough. Anthoine is a hero as far as I’m concerned, for taking the risk he did to chase his dreams. I’m so sad that this has happened. Let’s left him up and remember him. Rest in peace brother.”
Other teams and drivers from across the motorsport community also paid tribute to Anthoine Hubert and here are a few:
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) August 31, 2019
Rest in peace Anthoine… ❤️
— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) August 31, 2019
No words. My deepest condolences to Anthoine’s family and friends. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/GFg1wHfcRD
— Carlos Sainz (@Carlossainz55) August 31, 2019
Can’t believe it, we had the same age, we started racing together and battled on track for years.
All my thoughts goes to his family. Repose en paix Anthoine pic.twitter.com/ud5U7k4UAQ
— Esteban Ocon (@OconEsteban) August 31, 2019
Thoughts and prayers with the family of Anthoine Hubert this evening, along with his friends and all at Arden and the F2 Paddock after he passed away as a result of his injuries from a crash today. Juan Manuel Correa is stable and being treated in hospital. Heartbreaking news
— David Croft (@CroftyF1) August 31, 2019
What a sad day in motorsport. My sincere condolences to Anthoine Hubert’s family and friends.
— Jennie Gow (@JennieGow) August 31, 2019
All of us at Pirelli feel so incredibly sad to hear the tragic news about Anthoine Hubert, which has just been made official. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, team, and many friends. @FIA_F2 #F2 #Hubert
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) August 31, 2019
Devastating to hear of the passing of Anthoine Hubert, a life taken too soon! My thoughts are with his friends, family, F2 colleagues and all of those at Arden. Heartbreaking
— Clayton Kingman (@ClaytonKingman) August 31, 2019
Haas F1 Team sends its deepest condolences to Anthoine Hubert’s family following this evening’s tragic news. Our thoughts go out to them as well as Arden, Renault and the FIA F2 community at this time.
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) August 31, 2019