Components One: Pierre Gasly laid flowers on the scene of Anthoine Hubert’s accident and will probably be carrying a particular helmet in his honour at Belgian Grand Prix.
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Anthoine Hubert’s fellow racers paid tribute to the Frenchman as they returned to Spa-Francorchamps a yr after the 22-year-old misplaced his life on the Belgian monitor.
Hubert was racing within the Components Two collection, a feeder and assist class to Components One, when he suffered deadly accidents in a high-speed crash on the Saturday of the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix.
His demise was the primary fatality at a Components One race weekend since Brazilian triple champion Ayrton Senna and Austrian Roland Ratzenberger had been killed at Imola in 1994.
“For me it’s simply very arduous to just accept he isn’t with us anymore,” compatriot Pierre Gasly, who drives for Components One workforce Alpha Tauri and grew up racing Hubert, informed reporters by way of video convention on Thursday.
“From the age of 13 until I used to be 18 I spent mainly from 7:30 at breakfast within the morning until 10pm within the night every single day collectively,” he added.
Gasly laid flowers on the scene of Hubert’s accident and will probably be carrying a particular helmet in his honour this weekend.
Supremely proficient. Humble. Enjoyable-loving.
Anthoine Hubert was a superb racer and beloved by all those that knew him
This weekend – and all the time – we keep in mind him#AH19 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9FZaWQpBzk
— Components 1 (@F1) August 27, 2020
All Components Two automobiles can even carry a brand the collection has created in his reminiscence.
“For certain it’s troublesome and will probably be troublesome tomorrow having that in thoughts,” mentioned Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who additionally grew up racing with Hubert and took his maiden Components One win in Belgium final yr the day after the Frenchman died.
“However that doesn’t change my goal for the weekend which is to do one of the best I can within the automotive.”
Hubert, a member of Components One workforce Renault’s younger driver programme, suffered his accident on the Spa monitor’s quick Raidillon nook.
His automotive rebounded off the obstacles earlier than being hit by Ecuadorian-American Juan Manuel Correa.
Correa, who suffered extreme leg accidents within the incident that required a number of surgical procedures, made an emotional return to Spa on Thursday.
Wheelchair-bound however hoping to return to racing subsequent yr, he visited the scene of the accident.
“Being in Spa this week undoubtedly brings lots of feelings, some optimistic and a few damaging,” he mentioned in a press release.
“It will be a troublesome weekend in that sense, however I’m right here, primarily as a tribute to Anthoine but in addition to see previous associates, revisit the paddock … and to benefit from the general race weekend.”
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