French driver Anthoine Hubert, 22, was killed Saturday in Spa (Belgium) in an accident during a Formula 2 race held on the sidelines of the F1 Grand Prix, mourning the tri-color mechanical sport four years after the death of Jules Bianchi.
Involved at the beginning of the second lap of the race in a high-speed pileup with the American Juan Manuel Correa, the Frenchman Giulano Alesi and the Japanese Marino Sato, Hubert died of his injuries. "As a result of the accident, the FIA regrets to inform that the driver of the car Nº19, Anthoine Hubert, died of his injuries at 6:35 pm" said the FIA in a statement.
Development driver for Renault
The F2 is the last level of promotion formulas in motorsport before F1. Hubert was 8th in the championship before the Spa races after 16 events. In particular, he won two races this year, one in Monaco in May and the other in Le Castellet in June, both contested on the sidelines of the F1 GPs.
Born in Lyon on September 22, 1996, Anthoine Hubert had been French champion in F4 in 2013 and GP3 Series last year. He was also a development driver for Renault in the Renault Sport Academy. He ran in F2 for the British team BWT Arden.
" I can not believe it. We were the same age, we started running together and we competed on the tracks for years. All my thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace Anthoine ", said on Twitter the French driver Esteban Ocon, who has just signed with Renault to run in F1 from next year.