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Anthoine Hubert (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃twan ybɛʁ]; 22 September 1996 – 31 August 2019) was a French professional racing driver. He was the 2018 GP3 Series champion. He died, aged 22, following an accident during the feature race of the 2019 Spa-Francorchamps FIA Formula 2 round at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Anthoine Hubert
Anthoine Hubert 2013 (cropped).JPG
Anthoine Hubert (2013)
NationalityFrench
Born(1996-09-22)22 September 1996
Lyon, France
Died31 August 2019(2019-08-31) (aged 22)
Stavelot, Belgium
FIA Formula 2 Championship career
Debut season2019
Current teamBWT Arden
Car no.19
Starts16
Wins2
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Previous series
201718
2016
201415
201415
2013
GP3 Series
FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
French F4 Championship
Championship titles
2018
2013
GP3 Series
French F4 Championship

Contents

Career

Karting

Born in Lyon, Hubert began his karting career in 2004 at age seven. In 2010 he finished as runner-up in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.[1] In the 2011 and 2012 CIK-FIA "U18" World Karting Championships, he finished third.[2][3]

Formula Renault

In 2013, Hubert moved up to single-seater racing, joining the French F4 Championship.[4] He went on to win the series on his first attempt, finishing the season with eleven wins and two further podium finishes.[5]

In 2014, he graduated to competing in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with Tech 1 Racing.[6] He finished fifteenth overall, with six point-scoring finishes throughout the season.[7] He also participated in Formula Renault 2.0 Alps as guest driver.[8]

For the 2015 season Hubert remained in the Eurocup and with Tech 1.[9] He finished fifth in the championship with wins at Silverstone and Le Mans and five another podiums to his name.[10] He also contested selected events in the Alps series, where he won four of the six races that he started, and finished second in other two races.[11]

Formula 3

In February 2016, it was confirmed that Hubert would make his debut in the European Formula 3 Championship, racing with Van Amersfoort Racing.[11] He took his first Formula 3 win in the second race at Norisring.[12]

GP3 Series

In November 2016, Hubert participated in F3 post-season testing with ART Grand Prix.[13] In February 2017, he was recruited by ART to compete in the 2017 championship. He remained with them for the 2018 season, winning the title and gaining reputation with Formula 1 teams such as Renault.[14]

FIA Formula 2 Championship

In November 2018, Hubert participated in the F2 post-season test at Abu Dhabi with MP Motorsport.[15] In January 2019, Hubert joined F2 full-time racing with BWT Arden. He took two wins in the first half of his debut season, at Monaco and at his home race in France.[16]

Formula One

In May 2018, Hubert became an affiliated driver with the Renault Sport Academy.[17] In 2019, Hubert received full backing from the Academy.[18]

Death

On 31 August 2019, Hubert was involved in a serious crash on the second lap of the feature race of the 2019 Spa-Francorchamps FIA Formula 2 round. As the second lap began, Trident driver Giuliano Alesi lost control of his car as he climbed the Raidillon curve due to a puncture he had received earlier, causing his car to spin and hit the left wall of the circuit, tearing off his rear wing and spreading debris onto the track. As another Trident driver, Ralph Boschung reached the crest of Raidillon, he slowed down and moved towards the run-off area to avoid Alesi's damaged car and the field of debris. Hubert, who was following Boschung closely and had no view of what had happened to Alesi, moved right to avoid Boschung's slowing car, clipping Boschung's right rear wheel with his front wing. Hubert's car crashed into the tyre barrier on the right side of the track at an acute angle and was deflected sideways into the path of Charouz driver Juan Manuel Correa, who struck it on the left side. Correa's speed was estimated to be between 250 and 270 km/h (155-167 mph) in the moments before the impact.[19] Both cars were torn apart by the force of the accident. Hubert and Correa were transported to the circuit's medical centre following the accident where Hubert died from his injuries.[20][21]

Correa was airlifted to Liège where he underwent surgery for fractures in both his legs and a minor spinal injury and was reported to be in a stable condition, having never lost consciousness after the impact, but one week later was placed in an induced coma.[22] Alesi, the third driver in the accident, was unhurt. As a result of the accident the feature race was not completed and the sprint race was cancelled out of respect.[23]

Following his death, many drivers and teams in the motorsport world paid tribute to Hubert.[24] On 1 September, a minute's silence was observed before the Formula 3 and Formula 1 races at Spa.[25] Former F3 competitor and Ferrari Formula One driver Charles Leclerc, who won his first career race that afternoon, dedicated his win to Hubert.[26] A standing ovation took place on the 19th lap of the race, corresponding to the number 19 of his Formula 2 car.

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile launched an investigation into the accident.[27]

Hubert's funeral was on 10 September at Chartres Cathedral, Eure-et-Loire. It was attended by his family, friends and many people from the motorsport world, including Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile president Jean Todt, Renault F1 advisor and four-time champion Alain Prost, Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon, and George Russell.[28]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2013 French F4 Championship Autosport Academy 21 11 10 8 13 365 1st
2014 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Tech 1 Racing 14 0 0 0 0 30 15th
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 6 0 0 0 0 N/A NC†
2015 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Tech 1 Racing 17 2 2 2 7 172 5th
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 6 4 4 3 6 N/A NC†
2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Van Amersfoort Racing 30 1 1 1 3 160 8th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 7th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 13th
2017 GP3 Series ART Grand Prix 15 0 0 4 4 123 4th
2018 GP3 Series ART Grand Prix 18 2 2 4 11 214 1st
2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship BWT Arden 16 2 0 0 2 77 8th*

As Hubert was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.

* Season still in progress.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points Ref
2016 Van Amersfoort Racing Mercedes LEC
1

17
LEC
2

8
LEC
3

6
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

13
HUN
3

14
PAU
1

12
PAU
2

7
PAU
3

12
RBR
1

16
RBR
2

10
RBR
3

16
NOR
1

8
NOR
2

1
NOR
3

2
ZAN
1

9
ZAN
2

4
ZAN
3

10
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

4
SPA
3

2
NÜR
1

10
NÜR
2

5
NÜR
3

9
IMO
1

5
IMO
2

6
IMO
3

6
HOC
1

10
HOC
2

7
HOC
3

10
8th 160 [29]

Complete GP3 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points Ref
2017 ART Grand Prix CAT
FEA

5
CAT
SPR

4
RBR
FEA

4
RBR
SPR

7
SIL
FEA

2
SIL
SPR

8
HUN
FEA

3
HUN
SPR

5
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

7
MNZ
FEA

3
MNZ
SPR

C
JER
FEA

5
JER
SPR

3
YMC
FEA

11
YMC
SPR

5
4th 123 [30]
2018 ART Grand Prix CAT
FEA

2
CAT
SPR

2
LEC
FEA

1
LEC
SPR

7
RBR
FEA

17
RBR
SPR

9
SIL
FEA

1
SIL
SPR

4
HUN
FEA

3
HUN
SPR

3
SPA
FEA

3
SPA
SPR

2
MNZ
FEA

2
MNZ
SPR

DSQ
SOC
FEA

3
SOC
SPR

4
YMC
FEA

3
YMC
SPR

Ret
1st 214 [31]

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points Ref
2019 BWT Arden BHR
FEA

4
BHR
SPR

9
BAK
FEA

10
BAK
SPR

11
CAT
FEA

6
CAT
SPR

5
MON
FEA

8
MON
SPR

1
LEC
FEA

8
LEC
SPR

1
RBR
FEA

4
RBR
SPR

17
SIL
FEA

18
SIL
SPR

11
HUN
FEA

11
HUN
SPR

11
SPA
FEA

C
SPA
SPR

C
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
SOC
FEA
SOC
SPR
YMC
FEA
YMC
SPR
9th* 77 [32]

* Season still in progress.

References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alexandre Baron
French F4 Championship
Champion

2013
Succeeded by
Lasse Sørensen
Preceded by
George Russell
GP3 Series
Champion

2018
Succeeded by
None
(FIA Formula 3 Championship)