Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2019

Anthoine Hubert dead: Lewis Hamilton leads tributes to Formula 2 driver killed in crash | World | News

Sporting legends took to social media to share their heartache at the death of the 22-year-old, which was announced this afternoon by motorsport’s governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA). Hubert was tragically s hit at high speed by Juan Manuel Correa on the second lap of the race after having already gone off into the barriers. The FIA said Correa was in a stable condition and receiving treatment in hospital.

Formula One said in a statement: “We are devastated by the news of Anthoine Hubert’s tragic passing. All our thoughts are with his family and friends. He will never be forgotten.”

Lewis Hamilton said “If a single one of you watching and enjoying this sport think for a second what we do is safe you’re hugely mistaken.

“All these drivers put their life on the line when they hit the track and people need to appreciate that in a serious way because it’s not appreciated enough.

“Not from the fans nor some of the people actually working in the sport.

Anthoine is a hero as far as I’m concerned, for taking the risk he did to chase his dreams.

“I’m so sad that this has happened. Let’s lift him up and remember him. Rest in peace brother.”

British racing driver Jenson Button said: “Devastating news from Spa today, the super talented Anthoine Hubert succumbed to his injuries after an accident in today’s F2 race. rest in peace Champion.”

Formula One driver Max Verstappen said: “Absolutely shocked by the tragic accident of Anthoine Hubert. Terrible.

“My thoughts are with him and his family, friends, team and loved ones. #F2.”

Mercedes said on their Twitter page: “The entire Mercedes family sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Anthoine Hubert, and his Arden and Renault teams on this tragic day.”

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