Anthoine Hubert Passes Away at 22, After High-Speed Collision On Race Track :- French racer Anthoine Hubert died after a high-speed crash during a Formula Two race at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday. The 22-year-old was hit by Ecuadorian-American racer Juan Manuel Correa after he had already gone off into the barriers at the Spa-Francorchamps track’s fast Raidillon corner in an incident involving multiple cars.
Anthoine Hubert Passes Away at 22
Motorsport’s governing body, the FIA said in a facebook’s post, “The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) regrets to advise that a serious incident involving cars #12, #19 and #20 occurred at 17:07 on 31/08/19 as a part of the FIA Formula 2 Feature Race at Spa-Francorchamps, round 17 of the season.”
The statement further added, “The scene was immediately attended by emergency and medical crews, and all drivers were taken to the medical centre. As a result of the incident, the FIA regrets to inform that the driver of car #19, Anthoine Hubert (FRA), succumbed to his injuries, and passed away at 18:35.”
FIA further said, “The driver of car #12, Juan-Manuel Correa (USA), who was also injured in the crash, was in a stable condition and was receiving treatment at the CHU Liege hospital. More information will be updated with time.”
Reportedly, the incident occurred on the second lap of the race, which was initially suspended then abandoned later. Meanwhile, the series’ second race of the weekend has been cancelled which was scheduled for Sunday ahead of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.
After Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed at Imola in 1994, Hubert’s death is the first driver fatality at a Formula One race weekend since then.
The 22-year-old Hubert was a Renault development driver from Lyon. Driving for Arden, he won two races this year in Monaco and at his home Grand Prix in France and was eighth in the overall standings. Anthoine was a bright young man. His performance and conduct on and off-track was that of a true gentleman and it was a pleasure and honour to have had him within our academy. He will be sorely missed by our teams at Enstone and Viry. His spirit will remain with the team and we will race in his memory.”
Mercedes and Renault cancelled their planned media sessions after the accident. Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul said, “Anthoine was a bright young man. His performance and conduct on and off track was that of a true gentleman and it was a pleasure and honour to have had him within our academy. He will be sorely missed by our teams at Enstone and Viry. His spirit will remain with the team and we will race in his memory.”