He was 22 years old and was one of the great future hopes of motorsport. Anthoine Hubert, died Saturday, August 31, in Spa, on the racetrack, during an accident of unprecedented violence. 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. Correa was taken to the hospital with broken legs. Sato and Alesi, son of the former F1 driver Jean Alesi, they are unscathed.
In a statement, the FIA announced to the death of the pilot: "As a result of the accident, the FIA regrets to inform that the driver of the car N ° 19, Anthoine Hubert, died from his wounds in 18h35 "said the federation in a statement, raising a wave of tributes around the world.
Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton sent his thoughts and prayers to the young racer's family.
Jenson Button, too, paid tribute to the pilot.
The pilot Esteban Ocon, who started at the same age as Anthoine Hubert remembered the young man.
"Our thoughts are with Anthoine's friends and family in this tragic time, and Anthoine was a brilliant young man, and his performance and behavior on and off the track made him a true gentleman. the honor of having welcomed him to our Academy, "said Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director of Renault Sport Racing.
Jean Todt, president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), for his part said on twitter: "immense sadness after the death of Anthoine Hubert during the race of F2 in Spa" adding "all my wishes of recovery to Juan-Manuel Correa ", an American pilot injured in the same accident.
"Antoine was a fabulous driver with a bright future in front of him, he was kind, always smiling and his positive attitude was contagious.Out of respect, Sunday's race was canceled," said F2 account, the sport practiced by the young runner.
Official Formula 1 Twitter account: "We are shocked to hear about the tragic death of Anthoine Hubert, our thoughts are with his family and loved ones – we will never forget him."
On the other side of the Atlantic, we "mourn the loss of runner Anthoine Hubert".
And we paid tribute to him, on the starting line, during a minute of silence.
This Sunday, before the start of the F1 Grand Prix, at Spa-Francorchamps, a minute of silence will be observed before the start of the Belgian Grand Prix. This minute of silence will start at 14:53 before the Belgian national anthem is played, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said.