A car crash during the Formula Two race held before this weekend's F1 Belgian Grand Prix has claimed the life of the prominent French Racing driver Anthoine Hubert, AFP reported on Saturday, August 31st.
Hubert, 22, died following a "serious incident" at Spa-Francorchamps following a three-car pile-up in the second lap of the race, according to the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).
"The scene was immediately attended by emergency and medical crews, and all drivers were taken to the medical centre," read a statement released by the FIA. The driver of car number 19, Antoine Hubert (FRA), succumbed to his injuries and passed away at 18:35.
Juan Manuel Correa is however in a "stable condition" at the CHU hospital in Liege, after suffering leg fractures in the crash.
According to the FIA, the driver of car #20 Giuliano Alesi (FRA) was checked and declared fit at the medical centre.
The FIA are following up on the tragic incident and subsequently providing support to the event organisers and the relevant authorities and has commenced an investigation into the incident.
The incident happened when Hubert and Correa crashed at the exit of the fast Raidillon corner in one of the fastest sections of the challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit, the longest in use for the Grands Prix.
Hubert's car hit a wall at Raidillon and smashed into Correa's Sauber junior team car at high speed, flipping Correa's car upside down in the accident and shattering Hubert's vehicle. The main monocoque separated from the rear, leaving Correa's feet exposed as the nose cone of his car was destroyed and he was trapped in the cockpit.
Hubert, a native of France, was eighth in the F2 standings—second-highest among rookies—entering the race. He began racing when he was 12 and won the French F4 championship during his first-year car on a pro circuit in 2013. Last year, he won the GP3 Series championship, and had won twice in the F2 championship this season at the French and Monaco Grand Prix meetings.