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Remembering Anthoine Hubert
Anthoine Hubert was born on September 22nd of 1996 in France. He was a racing driver for BWT Arden when he tragically lost his life during a crash at the 2019 Spa-Francorchamps race in Formula 2.
His karting years:
Hubert started karting in 2004 when he was eight years old. He participated in multiple championships, starting in 2006 with the French Championship in which he finished 13th. He continued for three more years, finishing 2nd in the Cadet class in 2008, and 11th in the KF3 class a year later.
He participated in multiple other championships for the next three years, achieving a 2nd-place finish in the Karting Academy Trophy in 2010, and 3rd place in both the 2011 and 2012 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship (U18).
The jump to single-seaters:
Anthoine started racing in the 2013 French Formula 4 Championship with Auto Sport Academy, and won the season (it being his first-ever in a single-seater) with 365 points, having achieved 11 victories out of 21 races.
He continued racing single-seater championships in Europe until he eventually made the jump to the GP3 Series (now Formula 3) with ART Grand Prix in 2017. He finished his first season 4th and won his second in 2018.
Signing with the Renault Academy:
In 2018, Hubert’s ambitions of becoming a Formula 1 driver were gaining momentum, as he signed with the Renault Sport Academy, receiving full backing from them for his 2019 season, which was his next biggest step.
The move to Formula 2:
Hubert had participated in the Formula 2 post-season testing at Abu Dhabi with MP Motorsport. In January of 2019, he confirmed joining BWT Arden for a full-time season in the championship, alongside teammate Tatiana Calderón.
The Frenchman took two victories during the first half of the season: one at Monaco, and the other at his home race in France, at Le Castellet.
The day that shocked the sport:
The first race in the calendar after the summer break was the Belgian Grand Prix, being the 9th round of the Formula 2 Championship. Anticipation and excitement were high, and Hubert was no exception.
“I’m really enjoying it (…) Everything is amazing here. The fans, the place, the track is very nice. I’m really enjoying it, really happy to come to Spa.”Anthoine Hubert before the Formula 2 race
On 31 August of 2019, the Formula 2 feature race got underway after Formula One’s qualifying session. The first lap presented no issues, but the second lap saw the car of Giuliano Alesi spinning into the barriers through Eau Rouge, damaging his front wing and spreading debris over the racing line.
In an evasive action, the Trident of Ralph Boschung slowed down and veered to the right. In an attempt to avoid him, the Arden of Hubert also veered to the right but was too late, and he made contact with the right-rear wheel of Boschung.
After making contact, Hubert lost his front wing and crashed with the tire barriers on the run-off area, but bounced back perpendicular to the racing line. Juan Manuel Correa, who was running 14th, hit a piece of debris that prevented his car from effectively steering, causing him to go straight into the run-off and crashing into the left side of Hubert’s car.
The speed that Correa was carrying at the time of impact was 257 km/h, while Hubert’s car was practically stopped. The forces recorded by Hubert’s car were of 82Gs, while Correa suffered 65Gs.
Anthoine suffered multiple injuries and died later that day in the hospital, while Juan Manuel Correa underwent multiple surgeries and a lengthy recovery process, before returning to Formula 3 in 2021.
The remaining Formula 2 races at Spa-Francorchamps were canceled. The paddock that weekend observed a minute of silence in memory of Hubert, with the presence of his mother and brother. A new campaign, called “Racing for Anthoine,” was launched to commemorate the Frenchman’s life and talent.
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