Obituary: Anthoine Hubert 1996-2019

Rest in Peace Anthoine Hubert: 1996-2019

Formula 2 driver and Renault Development Driver Anthoine Hubert has sadly passed following an incident in a Formula 2 race at Spa-Francorchamps.

Born in Lyon, France, Anthoine Hubert started his racing career at the age of 12 in karting. In 2010, he finished as runner-up in that year’s CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.

Additionally, Hubert also finished third in the CIK-FIA ‘U18’ World Karting Championships in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

A Rising Star

Following this, he made his debut in single-seaters and promptly entered the 2013 French F4 Championship. 11 wins across the season saw Hubert comfortably claim the Drivers’ title at his first attempt.

The Frenchman would then spend the next two seasons with Tech 1 Racing in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, with two victories in 2015. That year, Hubert would finish fifth in the Drivers’ Standings.

Then, his only Formula 3 European Championship win would come at the Norisring for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Anthoine Hubert during the 2016 FIA Formula European Championship campaign with Van Amersfoort Racing. © Claude Roze

After this, Hubert would spent the next two season with ART Grand Prix in the GP3 Series. Racing against the likes of Jack Aitken, George Russell and Nirei Fukuzumi, Hubert’s consistentcy allowed him to claim fourth in the championship.

He then used this momentum to challenge for the title. Battling against Nikita Mazpein, two wins and a further nine podiums was enough to become the 2018 GP3 Champion.

That same year, Hubert also joined the Renault Sport Academy and later earned a development role within the F1 team.

Earlier this year, Anthoine Hubert made his Formula 2 debut with BWT Arden and quickly repaid Renault’s faith in him.

In Monaco and Paul Ricard, Hubert claimed successive victories in the respective Sprint Races, whilst also finishing several races in the points.

Anthoine Hubert after winning the Formula 2 Sprint Race at Monaco earlier this year. Image sourced from @AnthoineH via Twitter

Sadly, before he got the opportunity to further his racing career, tragedy struck.

On August 31 at Spa-Francorchamps, Anthoine Hubert was involved in an incident with Juan Manuel Correa during the Formula 2 Feature Race.

However, despite the best efforts of the emergency and medical crews at the circuit, Hubert passed away from the injuries he sustained, aged 22.

At this time, our thoughts are with Anthoine’s friends and family and wish to send them our sincerest condolences.