Anthoine Hubert was a GP3 Champion, Renault Sport Academy driver and BWT Arden Formula 2 driver.
Anthoine Hubert. GP3 Champion, Renault Sport Academy driver, BWT Arden Formula 2 driver and a promising talent gone too early. The 22-year-old was killed Saturday in a horrible crash in Belgium.
The motorsport community is in mourning. While it is accepted that motorsport is dangerous, with all of the modern technology and designs that cocoons the driver in seemingly bulletproof shells, fans, media, drivers and the community as a whole could be forgiven for thinking that the sport is no longer dangerous.
Yet every so often, a freak accident will happen and remind everyone of its nasty side.
The accident, which happened at the Belgium Grand Prix weekend on the legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit, was not an uncommon one. With limited runoff at Radillon, losing the rear through Eau Rouge and up the hill has repeatedly been shown to have devastating consequences. In this case, the consequences were the worst.
Hubert was viewed as one of the stars of the future. Midway through his title winning GP3 campaign, the 22-year-old Frenchman was picked up by the Renault Sport Academy, linking him tightly to the Renault F1 team.
Sitting eighth in his rookie year of racing in F2, Hubert had taken two race wins – both coming in sprint races with Monaco and France the venues.
It is likely that he would have continued in F2 for at least one more year before making the step up to F1, and clearly, he would have been a title contender in 2020.
Not a household name by any means, as is the case with young drivers yet to reach the top tier of motorsport, Hubert’s full potential will never be known, and the motorsport community have been quick to send their tributes and condolences.
Christian Horner Team Principal Red Bull Racing
“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 having already won races in Monaco and France this year. 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.”
Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal of SportPesa Racing Point BWT
“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. 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.”
Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport Racing
“Our thoughts are with Anthoine’s friends and family at this tragic time. 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.”
Devastating news. God bless your soul Anthoine. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today ???
All at W Series are shocked and saddened by the passing of Anthoine Hubert in this afternoon’s @FIA_F2 race at Spa.
We send our deepest sympathy to Anthoine’s family and many friends, as well as to all at Arden.
Rest in peace, Anthoine. pic.twitter.com/E6ljBa6o5N
Terrible news. RIP Antoine
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.
Our thoughts are with the FIA and F2 families as they mourn the loss of driver Anthoine Hubert.
Can not believe it. No words can describe this loss. RIP Antoine, my friend. pic.twitter.com/l2EyHsrELR
Formula 2 Belçika GP’de inanılmaz bir kaza yaşandı. Araç ikiye ayrıldı!
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