22 year old French Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert has been killed at a horrific crash at Belgium Grand Prix. He hit a wall and another driver at 170mph crashed into him from behind.
Hubert was racing for the Arden team, which was formed by Garry Horner. The 22 year old was driving in the Eau Roung part of the Spa Francorchamps track. Right after the crash, both Hubert and the other driver were rushed to the medical center. However, Hubert succumbed to his injuries at 6:35PM local time.
The race was stopped immediately after the crash. When news of Hubert’s passing came around, the race was cancelled altogether. The feed also cut away from the accident as soon as it happened, and there were no replays of the incident. However, footage later appeared on social media.
A statement released by the FIA said, “The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) regrets to advise that a serious incident involving cars 12, 19 and 20 occurred at 5.07pm (local time) on August 31 as a part of the FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race at Spa-Francorchamps, round 17 of the season. The scene was immediately attended by emergency and medical crews, and all drivers were taken to the medical centre.”
The statement continued, “As a result of the incident, the FIA regrets to inform that the driver of car 19, Antoine Hubert (FRA), succumbed to his injuries, and passed away at 6.35pm. The driver of car 12, Juan-Manuel Correa (USA), is in a stable condition and is being treated at the CHU Liege hospital. More information on his condition will be provided when it becomes available.”
Concluding, the statement said, “The driver of car 20 Giuliano Alesi (FRA) was checked and declared fit at the medical centre. The FIA is providing support to the event organisers and the relevant authorities, and has commenced an investigation into the incident.”
Sunday’s Formula 2 race has been cancelled out of respect to Hubert. Many tributes have come in for him. Lewis Hamilton wrote on his Instagram, “The FIA is providing support to the event organizers and the relevant authorities, and has commenced an investigation into the incident.”
Johnny Herbet said, “Terrible news that we lost a talented driver in ANTHOINE HUBERT here at Spa today. My heart goes out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Jenson Button said, “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.”
May Hubert rest in peace.
This story is being updated as more information becomes public.
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