Racing prodigy Anthoine Hubert has died aged 22 following a horror crash in the feature F2 race at the Belgian Grand Prix.
A devastating high-speed crash took place as Hubert’s car collided with that of Juan Manuel Correa, 20. Both cars almost disintegrated in the shocking collision.
The race was abandoned after marshals attended to the scene but there was no immediate update on the conditions of either of the drivers involved.
The crash occurred on the exit of Eau Rouge at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, as Hubert and Correra came together.
Hubert’s car went into the barrier and spun back off into the direction of Correra’s car, who was launched into the air by the impact.
Correra is being treated in hospital in Liege but is in a stable condition.
Giuliano Alesi was also involved in the crash, but was able to walk back to the pits.
An FIA statement read: “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 is a Renault development driver originally from Lyon in France.
He was the champion of the GP3 Championship last season and had already claimed two race wins in the F2 Championship this season.
The F2 Championship is a breeding ground for future F1 stars. Current drivers Lando Norris, George Russell and Alexander Albon all drove in the series last year.
Mick Schumacher, the son of legendary F1 champion Michael, was driving in the race when the crash happened, but escaped the damage.
Television cameras did not show replays of the crash and quickly ended their coverage of the event.
Tributes were paid to Hubert on social media.
Lewis Hamilton wrote on his Instagram account: “This is devastating. God rest your soul Anthoine. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family today.”
Jenson Button wrote on Twitter: “Devastating news from Spa today, the super talented Anthoine Hubert succumbed to his injuries after an accident in today’s F2 race. rest in peace Champion”
Johnny Herbert added: “Terrible news that we lost a talented driver in ANTHOINE HUBERT here at Spa today. My heart goes out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”