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F1 paddock pays tribute to late Hubert

Daniel Herrero

Sunday 1st September, 2019 - 7:11am

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Anthoine Hubert after one of his two Formula 2 race wins

The Formula 1 paddock has paid tribute to Anthoine Hubert after he died as a result of a horrific crash in the Formula 2 Feature Race at Spa-Francorchamps.

Hubert succumbed to injuries less than an hour-and-a-half after he was hit by Juan Manuel Correa in a multi-car incident at the top of Raidillon.

The 22-year-old Frenchman was an F2 rookie with two race wins to his name in his first season after being crowned a GP3 Series champion.

Sunday’s Sprint Race has been cancelled as a mark of respect, with Formula 2 organisers stating that Hubert “will be dearly missed”.

Renault Sport Racing, with which Hubert was a junior driver, has described the organisation as ‘devastated’.

Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport Racing, said: “Our thoughts are with Anthoine’s friends and family at this tragic time.

“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.”

Garry Horner, team principal of the Arden squad with which Hubert drove in F2, expressed his shock at the tragedy and also set aside thoughts for Correa, who was in a stable condition in hospital as per the last official update via the FIA.

“On behalf of everyone at Arden, we are in complete shock and extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Anthoine’s family and friends,” said Horner.

“Anthoine was a very bright talent and an incredibly well liked member of our team and the Renault Junior programme.

“We also extend our thoughts to the family of Juan-Manuel as he remains in hospital.”

Speedcafe.com also extends its condolences to Hubert’s friends and family.

Giuliano Alesi, who was also involved in the crash, was declared fit at the circuit medical centre.

See below for more tributes to Hubert from the F1 paddock and around the world.

Renault Sport Racing statement

Renault Sport Racing is devastated at the loss of one of its brightest young talents, Anthoine Hubert, who passed away today following an accident involving several cars at Circuit Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. The 22-year-old Frenchman was racing for BWT-Arden in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

Anthoine was a member of the Renault Sport Academy and raced in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, the final ladder to F1. As reigning GP3 champion and member of the Equipe de France, FFSA (French Federation of Motorsport), the Frenchman was a huge talent who also brought great energy and positivity to his championship, his teams and the Renault Sport Academy. His smile and sunny personality lit up our formidable group of young drivers, who had formed tight and enduring bonds.

His strong results in F2 this season, including wins on home soil in Monaco and France, inspired not just the other recruits but also the wider Renault Sport Racing group.

Formula 2 statement

Formula 1, Formula 2, and Formula 3 are deeply saddened by the passing of Anthoine Hubert following a horrific crash at today’s Feature Race at Spa-Francorchamps, involving three other drivers.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Anthoine’s family, loved ones, and friends. We would also like to send our heartfelt sympathies to the entire Arden team.

Anthoine has been part of our paddock since 2017. He was a fantastic driver who had a bright future ahead of him. He became GP3 Series Champion last year, and this season, he won twice in Formula 2, taking victories in Monaco, and at his home race in Le Castellet.

He was kind to everyone, always smiling, and his positive attitude was infectious.

He will be dearly missed.

Out of respect, tomorrow’s race has been cancelled.

Further tributes

Racing Point statement from Otmar Szafnauer, CEO/Team Principal

“It’s almost impossible to find the right words at moments like these, but we are all devastated to hear the tragic news from today’s Formula 2 race. Anthoine was a wonderful person and a tremendous racing talent who had already enjoyed great success in the sport. We extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and supporters.”

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