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French Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert, 22, is killed in a crash at the Belgium Grand Prix

French Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert, 22, is killed in a crash at the Belgium Grand Prix

  • Frenchman Anthoine Hubert, 22, has died in crash at Belgian Grand Prix
  • Footage of incident shows Hubert’s car slam into barrier before rolling back into the track where it was hit by American Juan Manuel Correa’s car at 170mph
  • FIA confirmed that both drivers taken to medical centre, but Hubert succumbed to his injuries
  • The race was quickly stopped after the crash before later being cancelled

Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert has been killed in a Formula Two accident at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The 22-year-old Frenchman died following a 170mph collision at the well-known Raidillon swerves part of the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps track near to the German border.

A statement says that Hubert was rushed to the medical centre after the incident, but succumbed to his injuries and died at 6.35pm local time.

The race was stopped after the crash and cancelled within a few minutes when the potential seriousness of the accident became clear. 

Frenchman Anthoine Hubert, who was 22, suffered a huge impact from the car of American Juan Manuel Correa at about 170mph at the Raidillon swerves

Track marshals lift the damaged car of BWT Arden's French driver Anthoine Hubert onto a truck following a serious accident involving several drivers during a Formula 2 race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa, Belgium

Track marshals lift the damaged car of BWT Arden’s French driver Anthoine Hubert onto a truck following a serious accident involving several drivers during a Formula 2 race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa, Belgium

Hubert raced for the British-owned Arden team, founded and run by Garry Horner, the father of Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

A number of drivers were involved in the second-lap accident on the exit of the fearsome Eau Rouge corner.

The official TV feed swiftly cut away from the scene and there were no replays of the accident.

But footage of the incident which later emerged on social media appeared to show Hubert slamming into the barriers on the far side of the circuit before sliding across the track.

Hubert raced for the British-owned Arden team, founded and run by Garry Horner, the father of Red Bull team boss Christian Horner

Hubert raced for the British-owned Arden team, founded and run by Garry Horner, the father of Red Bull team boss Christian Horner

Ecuadorian-American Juan Manuel Correa then crashed head on into Hubert, whose car appeared to break in two.

Correa was taken to Liege Hospital and is reported to be in a stable condition.

The Formula Two race, which acts as the feeder championship to Formula One, followed the conclusion of qualifying for the F1 grand prix which saw Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc secure pole position ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

A statement released by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, read: ‘The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) regrets to advise that a serious incident involving cars 12, 19 and 20 occurred at 5.07pm (local time) on August 31 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 6.35pm.

‘The driver of car 12, Juan-Manuel Correa (USA), is in a stable condition and is being treated at the CHU Liege 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.’     

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