FIA report rules nobody to blame for Hubert death

Date published: February 7 2020

FIA report rules nobody to blame for Anthoine Hubert's death.

The FIA’s safety department has completed its report on the F2 crash that killed Anthoine Hubert in Spa.

The Frenchman suffered fatal injuries when he was involved in a crash with Juan Manuel Correa at Raidillon corner during the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix F2 Feature Race.

Hubert would tragically pass away from his injuries, while Correa was left with severe leg injuries.

As reported by the F1 website, the investigation included interviews with those involved, inspection of the physical evidence, analysis of available video material and an examination of the data from the team Data Logger and Accident Data Recorder.

The report concluded that no driver, or other individual or organisation present was directly responsible for Hubert’s death.

The F1 website summarised the report’s findings as follows:

  • A chain of events resulted in a protracted and complex crash sequence involving four drivers, which ultimately led to a high-speed ‘T-Bone’ type impact between the cars of Juan Manuel Correa and Anthoine Hubert.
  • The dynamics of the car-to-car impact in terms of speed and trajectory were such that an extremely high level of energy was transferred and dissipated, translating into non-survivable trauma to Anthoine Hubert and very serious injuries to Juan Manuel Correa.
  • There was no single specific cause but multiple contributory factors giving rise to the severity of the accident were identified, following a detailed analysis of the various phases of the accident.
  • The investigation found no evidence that any driver failed to react appropriately in response to the yellow flag signal or to the circumstances on track.
  • The reaction of marshals and race control in deploying signalling and rescue services in relation to the accident was considered timely and good.

“Safety improvement is a continuous process,” concluded the FIA report, “therefore conclusions drawn from this accident and others like it from around the world will be integrated into the ongoing work of the FIA to further develop motor sport safety.”

The 1,000 word FIA report can be found here.

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