Anthoine Hubert: Lewis Hamilton leads tributes to 'hero' F2 driver
"Anthoine is a hero," says Hamilton as tributes pour in following fatal F2 crash at Spa
Last Updated: 01/09/19 2:24pm
The F1 and F2 community has paid a heartfelt tribute to Anthoine Hubert after the French driver died following a crash in the Belgian GP Feature Race at Spa-Francorchamps.
Hubert was involved in a high-speed accident with Juan-Manuel Correa on Saturday and, after being taken to the circuit's medical centre, the FIA confirmed he passed away at 18:35.
Correa suffered fractures to both of his legs and a minor spinal injury, and after undergoing surgery his media team say he is in a stable condition and resting in Intensive Care at CHU Liege hospital.
Sunday's F2 sprint race has been cancelled.
Hubert, 22, was a Renault junior and had two F2 victories this year, his rookie season in the feeder series with Arden Motorsport.
"If a single one of you watching and enjoying this sport think for a second what we do is safe you're hugely mistaken," said F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton on Instagram.
"All these drivers put their life on the line when they hit the track and people need to appreciate that in a serious way because it is not appreciated enough. Not from the fans nor some of the people actually working in the sport.
"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 said it has lost one of its "brightest young talents" in Hubert.
"Our thoughts are with Anthoine's friends and family at this tragic time," said team boss Cyril Abiteboul.
"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."
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The last few hours have been incredibly tough for our community. We lost Anthoine today. So sad to see our sport take another so young. May his spirit shine on. Deepest thoughts are with his family & friends, sending all the love and warmth. That extends to Juan Manuel also who was involved in the accident ❤️
absolutely speechless.. what a tragedy!! my thoughts are with the family and friends of Anthoine Hubert 😔— Nico Hülkenberg (@HulkHulkenberg) August 31, 2019
Я просто не могу в это поверить! Я знал Антуана по молодёжной академии Рено. Это был молодой, талантливый и очень быстрый пилот. Покойся с миром.— Sirotkin Sergey (@sirotkin_sergey) August 31, 2019
Just can’t believe! I knew Anthoine from Renault Junior Academy. He was young, talented and very fast driver. RIP.#BelgianGP #F2 pic.twitter.com/IwMPaMnaBX
Fate is brutal. The loss is endless. Anthoine, we miss you already.— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) August 31, 2019
No words can describe today 💔 Anthoine it’s been a privilege to have you as a teammate and to share the track with you the last couple of years. A true champion, an even greater person, you will always be in our hearts ♥️ RIP Anthoine.Thoughts and prays are with his family🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/UyJj5jeXNG— Tatiana Calderon (@TataCalde) August 31, 2019
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.— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) August 31, 2019
Christian: "The tragic death of Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert at Spa today is a reminder of just how cruel motorsport, the sport we love, can be sometimes. In his rookie season, Anthoine was demonstrating to be a star of the future." (1/2)— Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) August 31, 2019
"On behalf of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, our thoughts are with Anthoine’s family, Renault and the BWT Arden team, which is close to my heart. Our thoughts are also with Juan Manuel and his family at this time.” (2/2)— Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) August 31, 2019
Statement from Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal [1/2]:— SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team (@RacingPointF1) August 31, 2019
“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."
Statement from Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal [2/2]:— SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team (@RacingPointF1) August 31, 2019
“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.”
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
From everyone at ROKiT Williams Racing, our thoughts and prayers go out to the colleagues, friends and family of Anthoine Hubert following the tragic news in Spa today.— ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) August 31, 2019
Haas F1 Team sends its deepest condolences to Anthoine Hubert’s family following this evening’s tragic news. Our thoughts go out to them as well as Arden, Renault and the FIA F2 community at this time.— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) August 31, 2019
Very sad news regarding Anthoine Hubert.— Alfa Romeo Racing (@alfaromeoracing) August 31, 2019
Our thoughts are with his family.
Thoughts and prayers with the family of Anthoine Hubert this evening, along with his friends and all at Arden and the F2 Paddock after he passed away as a result of his injuries from a crash today. Juan Manuel Correa is stable and being treated in hospital. Heartbreaking news— David Croft (@CroftyF1) August 31, 2019
Whether you knew of him or not, spare a thought tonight for Anthoine Hubert, who lost his life following an accident in the F2 race at Spa. Last yr’s GP3 (F3) champion, his talent would surely have taken him to F1. Instead he’s been taken from the world, aged 22. Desperately sad.— Ted Kravitz (@tedkravitz) August 31, 2019