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)

FIA has confirmed what every fan didn’t want to hear. At a mere age of 22, F2 racing driver Anthoine Hubert has died after his horror crash in Spa at the start of the F2 Sprint Race.

This is what the official statement said:

Statement: Incident during FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race, Spa Francorchamps

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, Anthoine 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

Luckily, the other driver involved in the crash, Juan-Manuel Correa, is stable and is being treated in the hospital.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hubert and his family. He died way too young, but he died doing what he loved the most. At times like these, we realise how much risk these drivers take at every second, every corner.

We hope the FIA and authorities of F1 and F2 racing take some stern steps to reduce driver risks and deaths. We need the sport to be thrilling but not at the cost of a driver.

Rest in peace, Anthoine Hubert. You will never be forgotten.