Formula Two driver Anthoine Hubert died after a crash during Saturday’s sprint race at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, FIA officials confirmed. He was 22.
Hubert, the reigning GP3 champion, was involved in a multicar accident on the second lap of the race. As it unfolded, the Frenchman suffered a heavy impact with American driver Juan-Manuel Correa at the Raidillon corner.
Hubert succumbed to his injuries at 6:35 p.m. local time.
The FIA has confirmed Correa is in stable condition at a local hospital. The FIA will provide more information on his condition as it becomes available.
French driver Giuliano Alesi also was involved in the accident but was checked and declared fit before being released from the track medical center.
As a result of the accident, the race was red-flagged before being canceled by race officials.
Driving for the BWT-Arden team, Hubert won twice this season in Monaco and France and was eighth in the championship standings. He was also part of the Renault Sport Academy with full support from the Formula One manufacturer.
The Red Bull Racing pit crew may have already made headlines last weekend when it completed the fastest pit stop in Formula One history, changing Max Verstappen’s tires in 1.82 seconds, but the team’s most recent stunt took their skills to new heights – quite literally.
With the help of the Russian Space agency Roscomos, a group of the team’s mechanics completed the world’s first zero-gravity pit stop, on-board a IIyushin II-76K cosmonaut training plane.
Using a 2005 BR1, the team filmed the viral video over the course of a week, enduring seven flights and about 80 parabolas – periods in which the plane climbs 45 degrees before falling again at a ballistic arch of 45 degrees, creating a period of weightlessness for approximately 22 seconds.
With such a short time frame between weightlessness periods, the car and equipment had to be both quickly and safely secured before gravity once again took effect. Each filming lasted roughly 15 seconds, and the stunt was the most physically and technically demanding activity the live demo team had ever undertaken.
“It pushed us harder than I thought it would,” said Red Bull Support Team Mechanic Joe Robinson. “You realize how much you rely on gravity when you don’t have any!
“It challenges you to think and operate in a different way – and that was brilliant. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and honestly, I could have stayed and done it all month. It was amazing. I think it’s the coolest, most fun thing the Live Demo team has ever done with a show car.”
Though Red Bull was the first team to perform a pit stop in zero gravity, surprisingly Red Bull was not the first team to put a car through zero gravity. In 1999, McLaren driver David Coulthard and his car experienced zero gravity as part of a promotion for then-sponsor West Cigarettes.
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