The CIK-FIA has paid tribute to Anthoine Hubert, who lost his life in an F2 crash on the weekend. Hubert was still racing karts up until just a few years ago.
He was a remarkable boy with his huge soul, his generosity, his responsibility, his kindness, and his smile. He was a tenacious and courageous driver, calm and determined, liked by all since his childhood. Backed by a few loyal partners, including the FFSA, who had believed in him since shortly after his karting debut, he continued to climb to the top.
After his first success in karting in France at the age of nine, when he was racing with Esteban Ocon, he made his debut in international competition in 2010 in the Junior category at the time, KF3. In the same year he participated in the first season of the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy and took 2nd place when Charles Leclerc finished 5th. He was on the podium of the CIK-FIA U18 World Championship in 2012 and 2013 and drove in his first car races the following year, winning the title of French F4 Champion.
A member of the French FFSA Circuit Team, he continued his apprenticeship in Formula Renault 2.0 and FIA Formula 3. He won the GP3 Series in 2018 and joined the Renault Sport Academy. This year he was competing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship with the British team BWT Arden. A terrible accident cost him his life, on Saturday, 31st August, 2019 on the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.
Born in 1996, Anthoine Hubert would have been 23 years old on 22nd September. To his parents, his brother, his family and his friends, the CIK-FIA sends its deepest condolences.
FIA President Jean Todt has paid tribute to Anthoine and all affected by this terrible loss to the motor sport family: “We all share a heartbreaking sadness following the tragic passing of Anthoine Hubert during the FIA Formula 2 Championship race in Spa. On behalf of the FIA, my deepest condolences to his family and to the Arden team. All our thoughts are with them and the best recovery for Juan Manuel Correa, who was seriously injured in the crash.”