22-year-old Hubert crashed at the top of Raidillon on the second lap of the series’ Feature Race and was hit by Sauber Junior Team driver Juan Manuel Correa side-on. Correa rolled on impact and was taken to the Liege hospital after being extracted from his car. The news is that he is in a stable condition.
The remainder of the race was cancelled as news waited for the condition of the two drivers. A statement from the FIA, issued on Saturday evening, read as followed:
“The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) regrets to advise that a serious incident involving cars #12, #19 and #20 occurred at 17:07 on 31/08/19 as a part of the FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race at Spa-Francorchamps, round 17 of the season.
“The scene was immediately attended by emergency and medical crews, and all drivers were taken to the medical centre.
“As a result of the incident, the FIA regrets to inform that the driver of car #19, Antoine Hubert (FRA), succumbed to his injuries, and passed away at 18:35.
“The driver of car #12, Juan-Manuel Correa (USA), is in a stable condition and is being treated at the CHU Liège hospital. More information on his condition will be provided when it becomes available.
“The driver of car #20 Giuliano Alesi (FRA) was checked and declared fit at the medical centre.
“The FIA is providing support to the event organisers and the relevant authorities, and has commenced an investigation into the incident.”
Hubert was one of Renault’s most valued junior drivers, and won the final GP3 Series championship title in 2018. The Frenchman made a solid start to his time in F2 with wins at Monaco and Paul Ricard and held eighth place in the Drivers’ Championship. He also took the national French Formula 4 title in 2013 with the Autosport Academy team in his first year of car racing. A bright talent taken far too soon.
Everyone here at WTF1 expresses their deepest sympathies to Anthoine’s family, friends, colleagues and all who knew him.