Hubert killed in crash during F2 race at Spa

Hubert killed in crash during F2 race at Spa

Hubert's vehicle appeared to slam into the barriers first and then was hit by Correa's auto after rebounding back into the track as Correa climbed up the hill. Correa's Sauber Junior team auto was upside down and Hubert's Arden shattered. Medics rushed to reach them on the 7-kilometer (4.3-mile) track located in the Ardennes forest.

Horrific footage from the second lap shows Hubert's auto slamming into the barrier at the fearsome Eau Rouge corner before the crash then took place. The Formula 1 race at Spa is set for Sunday. "His spirit will remain with the team and we will race in his memory".

He won the Monaco Grand Prix and French Grand Prix earlier this year.

The racing community quickly expressed its sadness at the accident. "Terrible. My thoughts are with him and his family, friends, team and loved ones".

"This is devastating. God rest your soul Anthoine". Barely two hours before the incident, Hamilton had qualified third on the same track, having crashed into protective tire barriers during the third and final practice.

A laureate of the French F4 championship in 2013, Hubert raced in Formula Renault, in European Formula 3 and in GP3, winning the title in the later series in 2018 with ART, an achievement that earned him the full support of Renault.

Mick Schumacher, son of seven-times world champion Michael, is now in his first season in series, whose field includes drivers supported by Formula One teams. "His smile and sunny personality lit up our formidable group of young drivers, who had formed tight and enduring bonds".

Hubert was one of the brightest young talents in French motorsport. "Rest in peace brother", he continued.

Fellow drivers past and present also shared their condolences on social media, as did motor racing teams as well as commentators and fans.

Correa was taken to a local hospital and was in stable condition according to the FIA statement while Alesi was checked and released from the medical center.

Arden driver Hubert was involved in a big crash on the second lap of the sprint event, which also involved Sauber Junior Team driver Juan Manuel Correa and Trident racer Giuliano Alesi.

FIA says it is investigating the fatal accident, which happened in good weather and dry track conditions.

Many tributes have been paid to Hubert, with F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton calling him a "hero".

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