Racer Anthoine Hubert Killed In Crash At Belgian Grand Prix

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”.

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: