F2 driver Anthoine Hubert dies in crash at Belgian Grand Prix

F2 driver Anthoine Hubert dies in crash at Belgian Grand Prix

F2 driver Anthoine Hubert dies in crash at Belgian Grand Prix

"The scene was immediately attended by emergency and medical crews, and all drivers were taken to the medical centre", read the statement.

The second F2 sprint race of the race weekend, to be held on Sunday (Monday AEST), was cancelled by the FIA.

After winning his first F1 race on Sunday, Leclerc climbed out of the cockpit and pointed to the words "Racing For Anthoine" written on the side of his Ferrari.

But the day belonged to Leclerc, who paid a warm tribute to Hubert after taking the chequered flag, saying over team radio: "My first victory in F1".

Leclerc said: "It will always remain a risky sport".

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Leclerc explained: "Anthoine and I, and Pierre (Gasly) and Esteban (Ocon), all started together at the same racing in karting back in 2005".

"It's awful. I've already planned to see all our friends we had in common with Anthoine tomorrow as none of us really understand and realise what has happened yesterday".

Charles Leclerc described his maiden Formula One victory as the realisation of a childhood dream but one that he would find hard to enjoy after the death of his friend Anthoine Hubert.

"This is devastating. God rest your soul Anthoine".

"To be honest, seeing some of his family here today, that's what gave me more strength than anything else", he said. Barely two hours before the incident, Hamilton had qualified third on the same track, having crashed into protective tire barriers during the third and final practice.

Wreckage from the crash that claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert is removed from the Spa-Francorchamps race track. The Frenchman was also a reigning F3 champion, and considered by many to be a rising star in the profession. "Rest in peace brother". He also was part of Renault's F1 program for young drivers. Medics rushed to reach them as other driver sweved around the wreckage of both cars.

The other drivers involved in the crash, Juan-Manuel Correa (USA) and Giuliano Alesi (FRA) were said to be alright after the incident.

FIA said it was investigating the accident, which happened in good weather and dry track conditions.

The last fatality caused by injuries sustained at a Formula One event was Jules Bianchi, who suffered severe head injuries at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix and died in July 2015.

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