Despite all of the work that goes into safety, motorsport is still a very dangerous sport and unfortunately tragedy can and did happen.
F2 driver Anthoine Hubert was tragically killed in a horrendous crash during a race at the Belgian GP overnight.
The 22 year old Frenchman was competing in an F2 race and died as a result of his injuries following a sickening 240km/h collision at the famous Eau Rogue turn at Spa.
The awful incident happened on the second lap of the F2 race and Hubert’s car crashed heavily into the barriers and sprung back on to the track and was struck by Juan Manuel Correa, who was travelling behind and had no chance of swerving out of the way.
Correa’s car ripped through Hubert’s car, splitting it into two pieces.
An FIA statement confirmed Hubert had succumbed to his injuries.
“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 Sprint Race at Spa-Francorchamps, round 17 of the season,” a statement read.
“The scene was immediately attended by emergency and medical crews, and all drivers were taken to the medical centre.
“As a result of the incident, the FIA regrets to inform that the driver of car #19, Antoine Hubert (FRA), succumbed to his injuries, and passed away at 18:35.
“The driver of car #12, Juan-Manuel Correa (USA), is in a stable condition and is being treated at the CHU Liège hospital. More information on his condition will be provided when it becomes available.
“The FIA is providing support to the event organisers and the relevant authorities, and has commenced an investigation into the incident.”
Drivers, commentators and the wider motorsport community were quick to express their condolences on social media after the tragic news was confirmed.
On Twitter, former F1 star Jenson Button wrote: “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.”
Carlos Sainz wrote: “No words. My deepest condolences to Anthoine’s family and friends. Rest in peace.”
David Croft wrote: “Thoughts and prayers with the family of Anthoine Hubert this evening, along with his friends and all at Arden and the F2 Paddock after he passed away as a result of his injuries from a crash today. Juan Manuel Correa is stable and being treated in hospital. Heartbreaking news.”
Hubert raced for the British-owned Arden team, founded and run by Garry Horner, the father of Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.
The official TV feed swiftly cut away from the scene of the accident and there were no replays of the accident. But footage of the crash which later emerged on social media appeared to show Hubert slamming into the barriers on the far side of the circuit before sliding across the track.
Correa then crashed head on into Hubert, whose car appeared to break in two.
Hubert, who won the GP3 championship last season and had already won twice this year, was part of the Renault Academy.
Hubert is the first person to die at a grand prix since Jules Bianchi succumbed to injuries he suffered at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.