F1 has a heavy heart after Hubert’s death

A minute of silence will be observed before the Belgian Grand Prix in memory of French driver Anthoine Hubert, who died last Saturday in a Formula 2 accident at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

The organizers of Formula 1 announced Sunday that the silence would take place at 14:53. The F1 race started as scheduled at 3:10 pm. Charles Leclerc of Ferrari was leading the race. his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

The organizers said they did not consider the cancellation.

“Today we run,” said the Twitter account of F1. “We do it with a heavier heart and we carry the memory of Anthoine everywhere.

“For Anthoine, competition is our passion and our dream, it defines us.”

“So today we run for Anthoine, and today, and always, we honor him.”

Hubert, 22, died when his BWT Arden car recovered on the track after hitting the barriers after Raidillon’s turn.

His car was hit at high speed by Sauber Junior Team driver Juan Manuel Correa.

He stays in intensive care. The Correa team reported having surgery for “two-leg fractures and minor spinal injury”. The situation of the 19-year-old American Ecuadorian was described as “stable”.

There will also be a moment of silence before the Spa’s Formula 3 race of the day, while the F2 sprint race has been canceled.