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Anthoine Hubert

Born:
22nd September 1996
Lyon, Rhone-Alpes
Died:
31st August 2019 (Aged 22)
Spa-Francorchamps, F2 race
Nationality:
French
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The son of an amateur rally driver, Anthoine Hubert was a championship winning single-seater protégé who was killed during the Formula 2 feature race at Spa-Francorchamps in 2019. Reigning GP3 champion and already twice a race winner in F2, the passing of this likeable and promising 22-year-old was mourned throughout the racing world.

Early single-seater career

Third in the 2012 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship for under 18s when a contemporary of Charles Leclerc, the bespectacled Hubert made his car racing debut in French Formula 4 at the start of the following campaign. He won over half the races that year as he eased to a dominant title success. Two seasons with Tech 1 Racing followed in Formula Renault 2.0 – winning races in both Eurocup and ALPS during 2015 but unable to sustain a championship challenge in either.

He chose Van Amersfoort Racing for his Formula 3 graduation in 2016 but struggled in comparison to team-mate Callum Ilott. Pole position and victory in the second race at the Norisring was the highlight as Hubert finished eighth overall.

GP3 Series

He switched to the crack ART Grand Prix team for the 2017 GP3 Series and finished fourth as the team filled the top four championship positions. Without a victory and eclipsed by team-mates once more, Hubert remained with ART for 2018 and finally turned promise into outright success. Now part of the Renault F1 Academy, Hubert inherited a home victory when compatriot Dorian Boccolacci was disqualified from the feature race at Paul Ricard. He then converted pole position into a convincing victory at Silverstone as he replaced team-mate Ilott at the top of the standings. Hubert scored a total of 11 podium finishes in a consistent campaign as he became the final GP3 champion before it merged with the European F3 series.

Formula 2 tragedy

With his reputation on the rise once more, Hubert joined BWT Arden for the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship and scored back-to-back pole-to-chequered flag victories in the reverse grid sprint races in Monte Carlo and at Paul Ricard. Now eighth in the standings and the second-best placed rookie, Hubert lost his life in a horrific accident on the second lap of the Belgian feature race. He crashed at Radillon while avoiding Giuliano Alesi’s spinning car, and was collected at high speed by Juan Manuel Correa. Correa suffered serious leg and back injuries and the immensely popular Hubert died later that evening.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship
BWT Arden
16 (1) 2 2 2
13% win rate
10th 77
2018 GP3 Series
ART Grand Prix
18 2 11 2
12% win rate
1st 214
2018 GP3 Series 1st -
2017 GP3 Series
ART Grand Prix
15 (1) 0 4 0
0% win rate
4th 123
2016 European F3 Championship
Van Amersfoort Racing
30 1 3 1
4% win rate
8th 160