The motorsport world was startled on Saturday by the death of Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert. The Frenchman was involved in a major accident at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The FIA motor sport federation stated a few hours later that it had died.
"Rest in peace, Antoine", Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi reacts via Twitter to the death of Hubert.
"No words. Condolences to Antoine's family and friends, rest in peace," says McLaren driver Carlos Sainz. Former driver Pedro de la Rosa also expresses condolences. "He was a great racer."
Williams driver George Russell shares a photo of himself and Hubert on the podium, with the text "I can't believe it. RIP my friend."
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According to Hamilton, motor sport is certainly not safe
"If any of you think that what we do is safe, then you are wrong," says Lewis Hamilton as a message on Instagram. "All drivers risk their lives when they leave the track and that is not appreciated enough."
As far as Hamilton is concerned, Anthoine is "because he took the risk to pursue his dreams". "I'm so sad that this happened. Let's mainly remember."
Hubert's compatriot Esteban Ocon also commented: "I can't believe it. We were the same age and we started racing together. We fought on the circuits for years."
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"Great talent snatched too young"
"Terrible news," says former Formula 1 driver and analyst Karun Chandhok. "A great talent snatched too young."
The Haas Formula 1 team speaks of very tragic news. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends, but also with his team Arden, Renault (where Hubert was under contract, ed.) And the entire Formula 2 community."
"I can't believe it and have no words for it," says Dutch Formula 3 driver Richard Verschoor. "My thoughts are involved with everyone and especially with his family."
Hubert's former Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing, for which the driver from Lyon drove Formula 3, only reports on Twitter "Oh my god, no."
Toyoharu Tanabe of motorcycle manufacturer Honda: "We are deeply touched by the death of Antoine Hubert. On behalf of the entire Honda Motor Company, we convey our condolences to his family and friends."
See also: Formula 2 driver Hubert (22) died in a major crash in Belgium