RIP Anthoine Hubert
French driver Anthoine Hubert has died in a Formula Two accident at the Belgian Grand Prix, the AP reports. The 22-year-old Hubert died following an estimated 160mph collision on Lap 2 at the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps track, which earlier Saturday saw qualifying for Sunday’s Formula One race. Hubert raced for the British-owned Arden team.
Motorsport’s governing body FIA said Hubert “succumbed to his injuries, and passed away at 18:35” local time. The racing community quickly expressed its sadness at the accident. McLaren Racing addressed its “heartfelt condolences to Anthoine’s family and loved ones, his colleagues at the Arden team, and the entire F2 community.”
Five-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who earlier had qualified third on the same track, wrote on Instagram: “This is devastating. God rest your soul Anthoine.” Hubert won two F2 races this season and was eighth in the championship standings. The FIA’s statement also gave details of the other two drivers involved: US driver Juan-Manuel Correa—a 20-year-old in his rookie season—and Giuliano Alesi, the son of former F1 Ferrari driver Jean Alesi.
Hubert’s car sustained a huge impact after being hit by Correa’s car at the exit of a corner early into the race, which was canceled a few minutes later. Correa, who races for the Sauber Junior team, was “in a stable condition” and being treated at Liege hospital while 19-year-old rookie Alesi was checked and declared fit at the on-site medical center.