With Sunday, not one but two minutes of silence at Spa: one before the race of F3, and the other before F1.
For the minute of silence before the race of F3, the mother of Anthoine Hubert was present, helmet in the hand, accompanied by her other son. Around the members of this bereaved family, the whole family of the race, F3, F2 and F1 together.
Another minute of silence will be observed before the start of the F1 Grand Prix. It will take place at 8:53 am EDT before the Belgian national anthem is played.
The entries of the Belgian circuit display French flags with the image of Anthoine Hubert.
Recall that the second race of F2 scheduled for Sunday's program has been canceled.
The dangers of the race
The death of the young French pilot Anthoine Hubert brings to the fore the dangers of motorsport where fatal accidents have become rare.
Since the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994, advances in safety, both for the cars themselves (survival cells surrounding the pilot and safety halo protecting his head), that the circuits allow the drivers to escape unscathed. sometimes extremely violent accidents.
But Hubert's 22-year-old car was literally cut in half. Juan-Manuel Correa, he has both legs broken.
"It's something that I've always said, and even though we've improved the safety of cars and tracks enormously, it's still a dangerous sport and we must not forget it," said the four-time champion on Sunday. of the French world Alain Prost during a press meeting.
F1 was mourned four years ago when Frenchman Jules Bianchi died in hospital several months after his accident at the Japanese Grand Prix. He was driving for the Marussia team.
The Indycar was recently mourned when British drivers Dan Wheldon and Justin Wilson were killed in 2011 and 2015 respectively.
The crash on Saturday also reminds one of the 17-year-old Briton Billy Monger in a F4 race in 2017. He has had both legs and has since started racing again.
The average age of drivers has dropped considerably in recent years in both promotional and F1 formats.
Max Verstappen is only 21 years old, Charles Leclerc, who will start in pole position in his Ferrari, is the same age.
All know each other to have climbed the ladder together.
Anthoine Hubert was under the wing of the French car manufacturer Renault as part of its development program "The Renault Sport Academy".
"Anthoine was a thoughtful man, someone mature and intelligent," recalls four-time world champion Alain Prost, who coached the 22-year-old driver.
"He's certainly one of the pilots of the Academy with whom I spoke the most about his team's choice in F2," added Alain Prost. He had an implication beyond what young drivers can have today. He was one of those who spoke the most and asked the most questions. He was not afraid to call. "
The solidity of cars
The former F1 driver (McLaren, Renault, Ferrari, Williams) highlights the perverse effect of the work done by the FIA in terms of safety.
"Maybe in our period, when we saw something that was going to happen, we slowed down, we slowed down. Today, the fact that cars are very safe, there is a bit of a tendency to keep the foot on the floor, says Alain Prost.
"From the moment we increase security everywhere … But we must also be very careful not to generalize. This generation sees big accidents where nothing ever happens, until circumstances make it worse. "