F2 driver Hu­bert dies in crash

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - By JEROME PUGMIRE

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.”

Associated Press

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.

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