Tragedy struck the motorsport world as French F2 river Anthoine Hubert succumbed to his injuries. The 22-year old was involved in a frightening accident, along with Juan Manuel Correa and a couple of other drivers.
Hubert was born in Lyon and began his karting career in 2006 at age 12. Four years later, he was runner-up in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy. In the following two years, he clinched 3rd in the CIK-FIA “U18” World Karting Championships.
In 2013, Hubert graduated to single-seater racing, with the French F4 Championship. He went on to win the series on his first attempt, courtesy eleven wins and two podium finishes.
The French youngster, now a rising talent, graduated to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with Tech 1 Racing. In addition to that, he participated in Formula Renault 2.0 Alps as guest driver.
A year later, Anthoine Hubert elected to remain in the Eurocup with Tech 1, finishing fifth in the championship with wins at Silverstone and Le Mans. Further adding to his repertoire was another five podiums to his name. He also contested selected events in the Alps series, where he won four of the six races that he started, and finished second in other two races.
In February 2016, Hubert debuted in the European Formula 3 Championship, with Van Amersfoort Racing. That year, he took his first Formula 3 win in the second race at Norisring.
In November that year, Anthoine Hubert participated in F3 post-season testing with ART Grand Prix. In February 2017, he was recruited by ART to compete in the 2017 championship.
In November 2018, Hubert participated in the F2 post-season test at Abu Dhabi with MP Motorsport. In January 2019, Hubert joined F2 full-time racing with BWT Arden.
In May 2018, Hubert became an affiliated driver with the Renault Sport Academy. Finally, in 2019, Hubert received full backing from the Academy.
Renault recognised the talent that he was and considering that he’s a fellow Frenchman gave an added advantage to the team. However, this sudden demise of a young talent like him, puts us all with a very heavy heart.
Can’t believe it, we had the same age, we started racing together and battled on track for years.
All my thoughts goes to his family. Repose en paix Anthoine pic.twitter.com/ud5U7k4UAQ
— Esteban Ocon (@OconEsteban) August 31, 2019
We at ES hope that he rests in peace. We hope his family finds the strength to pull through. In the end, the world of motorsports lost a great talent and France lost another one of its racing drivers after Jules Bianchi.
We hope the FIA takes stern measures after this to ensure there are no more deaths in F2/F1 or in any motorsport for that fact. Lessons need to be learned.