The Belgian Grand Prix weekend was a dark one for the racing world when F2 driver Anthoine Hubert tragically lost his life in a horrifying crash. Many if not all the F1 drivers were severely affected by the loss as it reminded them that they are still mortal. Among the drivers who were severely affected, was Pierre Gasly.

The Toro Rosso driver was affected on a more personal level, as he knew Hubert from childhood. On Twitter, Pierre Gasly wrote an emotional message in honour of his fallen friend.

He wrote, “I still can’t believe what just happened. You deserve way better Tonio. 22 is just too young… 14 years of friendship, started racing together, then became friends, roommates, and classmates, we did all our childhood together. You pushed me on and off the track, to become a better driver, you pushed me at the gym, to be a better athlete, you pushed me at school to be a better person today.”

Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly and Anthoine Hubert (Source: Twitter)

“You were such a humble guy, bloody fast and a hard worker, it was great to grow up together. I’m lucky and grateful for all the times and moments we shared during all these years. It’s just so hard to believe what happened. We will all try and make you proud from up there. I’ll keep chasing the dream we both had since we were little. I will miss you a lot my friend. Rest in Peace Tonio.”

During the Belgian Grand Prix, Pierre Gasly finished the race in 9th, picking up two point on his return to the Toro Rosso team. What made it even better was the fact that it was a double points finish, with Daniil Kvyat in 7th. Now, Gasly will be looking forward to the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, as the post-F1 summer break double header enters the second race.