F2 driver Hubert dies in crash
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — An idyllic day for motor racing, under clear blue skies and late-summer sunshine on a picturesque track in Belgium, ended with the death of a 22-year-old French driver on Saturday.
Formula Two driver Anthoine Hubert died at the Spa-Francorchamps track following a heavy crash at the F2 Belgian Grand Prix.
The Frenchman lost his life at the high-speed circuit after an estimated 160 mph (257 kph) collision with 20-year-old U.S. driver Juan-Manuel Correa’s car, as they accelerated uphill and then out of the notorious Eau Rouge corner on Lap 2. Hubert appeared to lose control of his car on the exit of the corner before slamming into the far-side barrier. His car flew off the tire wall and slid across the circuit before he was hit by Correa’s car.
Correa is now recovering in hospital after reportedly breaking his legs.
Both Hubert’s and Correa’s cars were severed in two following the crash, with Correa’s car flipped upside down. Hubert’s car sustained a huge impact and span around violently, as did Correa’s, with debris from both cars sprayed all over the track. Medics rushed to reach them on the famed 7-kilometer (4.3-mile) tree-lined track located in the Ardennes forest of Belgium.
Motorsport’s governing body FIA said Hubert “succumbed to his injuries, and passed away at 18:35” local time at the on-site medical center.
As other drivers swerved around the mangled wreckage of both cars, the race was canceled a few minutes later. An F2 race scheduled here for Sunday has also been called off.
Hubert raced for the British-owned Arden team run by Garry Horner, the father of Red Bull boss Christian Horner.
“(It) is a reminder of just how cruel motorsport, the sport we love, can be,” Christian Horner said. “In his rookie season, Anthoine was demonstrating to be a star of the future having already won races in Monaco and France this year.”
Others in the racing community quickly expressed their sadness.
McLaren addressed its “heartfelt condolences to Anthoine’s family and loved ones, his colleagues at the Arden team, and the entire F2 community.”
ACCIDENT In his May 24 file photo shows BWT Arden’s Anthoine Hubert. French driver Anthoine Hubert has died in a Formula Two accident at the Belgian Grand Prix.