Following the tragic death of Anthoine Hubert, Lewis Hamilton has paid tribute to the 22-year-old and believes the risks drivers take are “not appreciated enough”.
Hubert was involved in a high-speed crash with Juan Manuel Correa at Raidillon in the opening race of the F2 weekend in Belgium, an incident which Giuliano Alesi also received treatment for.
Correa is described as being in a stable condition, but the FIA confirmed that BWT Arden’s Hubert had passed away from his injuries.
Hamilton took to social media to share his views that some fans don’t appreciate the risks that drivers take out there, claiming that to him Hubert is a “hero”.
“God rest your soul Anthoine,” Hamilton posted on social media. “My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family today.”
“If a single one of you watching and enjoying this sport think for a second what we do is safe [you’re] hugely mistaken,” he wrote on his Instagram story.
“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 is 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.”