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Anthoine Hubert: Funeral of Formula 2 driver held in France

A large picture of Anthoine Hubert was on display outside the cathedral in Chartres, north-central France



The funeral of Formula 2 racer Anthoine Hubert, who died in a high-speed crash at Spa in August, was held on Tuesday.

Hubert, 22, was involved in a three-car accident in an F2 race during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

Formula 1 drivers Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon and George Russell were among those present at the funeral in Chartres, France.

"Anthoine, your smile, your energy, that's the image we have of you," said former F1 world champion Alain Prost.

Prost, representing Hubert's team Renault Sport Racing, talked of the driver's "kindness, curiosity, intelligence, professionalism and gentleness" and said his "quest for perfection would have propelled him towards a bright future".

The ceremony lasted more than three hours and was shown on a giant screen outside the town's French Gothic cathedral, with Hubert's father Francois, girlfriend Julie and other friends also paying tribute to the driver, who had won two F2 races this season.

Pallbearers carry Anthoine Hubert's coffin outside the Cathedral of Notre Dame at the end of his funeral ceremony

Jean Todt, president of motorsport's governing body the FIA, F1 directors Ross Brawn, Chase Carey and Sean Bratches, and team executives Mattia Binotto of Ferrari, Cyril Abiteboul of Renault and Fred Vasseur of Alfa Romeo Racing, were among the mourners.

Giuliano Alesi, who was also involved in the three-car crash, attended with his father Jean, a former driver.

The other driver in the crash, 20-year-old American Juan Manuel Correa, is "in a critical but stable condition," his family said on Saturday.

Drivers' helmets were placed on chairs before the ceremony in the cathedral

-- Courtesy of BBC Sport


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