The FIA have confirmed the tragic passing of Renault junior Anthoine Hubert following a horror crash in the opening F2 race in Belgium.
The 22-year-old was racing for BWT Arden at Spa-Francorchamps when he was involved in a serious incident with Juan-Manuel Correa and Giuliano Alesi.
Hubert succumbed to his injuries at 18:35, while Correa is described as being in a stable condition.
Alesi was examined at the medical centre and shortly after declared fit.
The FIA’s official 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.”
PlanetF1 express our deepest sympathies and condolences to Hubert’s Family, friends, colleagues and all present at such a terrible scene.