F1 and Lower Formulas to Run a Special Tribute in Anthoine Hubert’s Memory at the Belgian Grand Prix

Published 08/27/2020, 11:56 AM EDT
CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Anthoine Hubert (FRA, BWT ARDEN) during the Paul Ricard at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 23, 2019 in Circuit Paul Ricard, France. (Photo by Joe Portlock / LAT Images / FIA F2 Championship)


The Spa Francorchamps is all set to return this weekend. However, the thrill and action will be followed by a tsunami of emotions piling up in Anthoine Hubert’s memory.

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The 2019 leg of the FIA Formula 2 in Belgium saw the loss of a young life. Anthoine Hubert suffered a horrific accident and eventually succumbed to his injuries.

A special logo was designed in his memory and all the cars at the Spa will display this logo as confirmed by Formula 2. In fact, car number 19 has been retired and will go down in history as his car. As confirmed by the official twitter handle of Formula 2.

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The tragedy of Anthoine Hubert

Giuliano Alesi was driving with a puncture and lost control when he hit the Raidillone curve. Debris from his car caused Ralph Boschung to slow down and navigate off his course. Hubert was following him and clipped his rear right with the Renault 19.

Hubert crashed into the tire barrier and was deflected back onto the track. Juan Manuel Correa was hurtling towards the Frenchman. As a result, the drivers suffered an accident. The impact caused havoc in the track and the scene was horrific.

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Correa suffered injuries to his legs and lungs. However, Hubert couldn’t survive the crash. His death remains one of the most horrific on-track accidents.

Going back to Spa would be difficult for the racers. The tracks would remind them of the incident with every coming turn. However, they would be remembering the racer and would be racing in his honor.

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It would be overly difficult for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc as they were very close friends. He suffered a loss on a personal level following his passing.

Charles won his first Grand Prix in Belgium last year. He would be going in with mixed feelings about the race. Hopefully, he can repeat his performance this year as well. After all, a podium finish would be a great gift for his friend.

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