F2 driver Anthoine Hubert has been killed in a horrendous crash at the Belgian Grand Prix.
The 22-year-old Frenchman died as a result of his injuries following a sickening 150mph collision at the famous Eau Rogue turn at Spa-Francorchamps.
6 Formula 2 driver Antoine Hubert died at the age of 22 following a crash at the Belgian Grand Prix in SpaCredit: Getty – Contributor
6 The horror collision occurred during an F2 race held after the main F1 qualifying at the Belgian Grand PrixCredit: Canal+
6 Debris was strewn across the track following the F2 crash at the Belgian Grand PrixCredit: Canal+
The shocking incident happened on the second lap of the F2 race yesterday just after qualifying for today's Formula One, which was won by Hubert's childhood pal Charles Leclerc.
He said: "This one is for Anthoine. It feels good but difficult to enjoy in a weekend like this."
Hubert's car crashed heavily into the barriers and sprung back on to the race track when it was struck by Juan Manuel Correa, who was travelling behind and had no chance of swerving.
Correa's car ripped through Hubert's Arden, splitting it into two pieces.
Stewards stopped the race immediately and then cancelled it while marshals and medics raced to the scene.
Hubert, who won the GP3 championship last season and had already won two Grands Prix this year, was part of the Renault Academy.
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A statement from the sport's governing body said: "The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) regrets to advise that a serious incident involving cars 12, 19 and 20 occurred at 17:07 on 31/08/19 as a part of the FIA Formula 2 Feature Race at Spa-Francorchamps, round 17 of the season.
"The scene was immediately attended by emergency and medical crews, and all drivers were taken to the medical centre.
'THIS IS DEVASTATING'
"As a result of the incident, the FIA regrets to inform that the driver of car #19, Antoine Hubert, succumbed to his injuries, and passed away at 18:35."
Sky News reported that Frenchman Giuliano Alesi was also involved but escaped unhurt.
Sky reported that the Federation added: "The driver of car #20 Giuliano Alesi (FRA) was checked and declared fit at the medical centre.
"The FIA is providing support to the event organisers and the relevant authorities, and has commenced an investigation into the incident."
Ecuadorian-born American star Correa, an Alfa Romeo development driver, was said to be in a stable condition in a nearby hospital.
The TV broadcast showing the race ended abruptly following the crash.
Mick Schumacher, son of racing legend Michael, was involved in a minor collision earlier in the race at the first corner but escaped unhurt.
Hubert is the first driver to die in a Grand Prix since Jules Bianchi in Japan in 2014.
Bianchi, who was also French, crashed at Suzuka and died nine months later in a hospital in Nice.
F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton wrote on Instagram: "This is devastating. God rest your soul Anthoine. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family today."
Fellow British F1 ace Jenson Button tweeted: "Devastating news from Spa today, the super talented Anthoine Hubert succumbed to his injuries after an accident in today's F2 race. Rest in peace champion."