September 1st 2019
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Anthoine Hubert Dies Following Crash In F2 Feature Race
Formula 2 racer Anthoine Hubert passed away following a crash in Saturday's F2 feature race in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
The 22-year-old Frenchman was involved in a multi-car incident at Turn 4 and was immediately attended by emergency and medical crews. All drivers involved were taken to the medical centre, but Hubert succumbed to his injuries.
Juan Manuel Correa, who was also involved in the incident, 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.
The third driver involved in the incident, Giuliano Alesi, 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.
Lewis Hamilton said, “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.”
In a statement, the Renault F1 Team – whose Renault Sport Academy Hubert had been involved with since 2018 – called Hubert “a huge talent”, while Renault Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul said the Frenchman was “a bright young man” whose “conduct on and off track was that of a true gentleman."
"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," read the statment.
"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."
“Our thoughts are with Anthoine’s friends and family at this tragic time,” said 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.”