Anthoine Hubert killed in F2 accident at Spa
Tributes paid to 'wonderful person' after crash in F2 race at Spa
Last Updated: 01/09/19 8:56am
F2 driver Anthoine Hubert has died after an accident in Saturday's race at Spa-Francorchamps.
Frenchman Hubert was 22 years of age.
An FIA statement confirmed that Hubert was taken to the circuit's medical centre by emergency crews and succumbed to his injuries. He passed away at 6:35pm local time.
Juan Manuel Correa is in a stable condition and resting in Intensive Care at the CHU Liege hospital after being involved in the accident, which occurred on the second lap of Saturday afternoon's F2 feature race in Belgium.
Correa's media team say he had surgery after suffering fractures to both of his legs and a minor spinal injury.
A high-speed accident at Raidillon involving Hubert, Correa and Giuliano Alesi saw the F2 feature race immediately red-flagged and then cancelled. F2's sprint race on Sunday has been called off.
"The FIA is providing support to the event organisers and the relevant authorities, and has commenced an investigation into the incident," the governing body said.
Alesi was found to have escaped injury after checks at the Spa medical centre.
Hubert, who raced for the BWT Arden team, won last year's GP3 Series and had claimed two wins in his debut year of F2. He was also a Renault academy driver.
'Anthoine was a tremendous racing talent'
Tributes have been paid from across the motorsport community to Hubert, who was one of the rising names in the junior categories.
"The entire Mercedes family sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Anthoine Hubert, and his Arden and Renault teams on this tragic day," said F1's world champions.
Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer described Hubert as a "wonderful person and a tremendous racing talent".
"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," said Szafnauer.
"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."
F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton wrote on Instagram: "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 lift him up and remember him. Rest in peace brother."
Renault, who signed the Frenchman to their junior programme this year, also paid their own heartfelt tribute.
"Anthoine was a bright young man," said Cyril Abiteboul. "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."
It is with deep sadness that McLaren Racing learns of the passing of Anthoine Hubert in today’s Formula 2 race. The team sends its heartfelt condolences to Anthoine’s family and loved ones, his colleagues at the Arden team, and the entire F2 community. pic.twitter.com/pfhRS7fBbO— McLaren (@McLarenF1) August 31, 2019
Ferrari's Mattia Binotto said in a statement: "It's pretty much impossible to find the right words in dreadful moments like these. Today's events are a brutal reminder that this sport that we love so much is still very dangerous.
Fate is brutal. The loss is endless. Anthoine, we miss you already.— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) August 31, 2019
"That is why we must all continue to work on safety to try and ensure that incidents like this no longer happen and we in the Scuderia will now focus on this even more than before.
"Everyone in the team sends out thoughts and energy to Juan Manuel as he fights to recover and to the family and loved ones of Anthoine at this terrible time."