A minute of silence in homage to the victim of the Formula Two Hubert accident

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, September 1 (AFP) A minute of silence was kept to honor the late French pilot Anthoine Hubert before the scheduled Formula Three race on Sunday at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Hubert, 22, died in an accident during Saturday's Formula 2 race at the Spa-Francorchamps high-speed circuit.

A minute of silence will also be kept before the start of the Formula One Grand Prix race on Sunday night.

Hubert's family remained holding their racing helmet in front of a large group of racing team members and others during the brief reflection ceremony.

The scheduled F2 race was canceled.

Fans organize other special tributes to the driver backed by Renault through messages on social networks.

These include a round of applause to honor Hubert on lap 19 of the Grand Prix race, marking a memory of his number of races.

The official minute of silence will be observed at 1453 local time (1253 GMT), officials said.

The race will start at 1510.

An official schedule says that a video tribute to French will be broadcast on screens on the extensive 7,004 km track in the Ardennes forests.

Hubert died in a devastating collision of several cars in the second round of the F2 race on Saturday night.

He had lost control of his car and hit the barriers before the American Juan Manuel Correa inevitably crashed into him at about 250 kilometers per hour at the corner of Raidillon.

Hubert's Arden car was demolished in the accident and died of his injuries 90 minutes later.

Correa, 20, broke both legs and suffered a spinal injury. He was transferred to the Liege hospital to undergo surgery and was informed that he was in a stable condition.

The Sauber de Correa team said: Juan Manuel remained conscious until just before the operation.

While keeping Juan Manuel in your thoughts and prayers, please also pray for the well-being of Hubert's friends and family.

In an updated statement on Sunday, the team said they were resting in an intensive car and that their parents were in the hospital.

We continue to support you in this tragic moment. The team sincerely thanks the quarterbacks of Spa-Francorchamps and the security teams for their quick response and attention at the accident scene yesterday. The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is one of the remaining traditional racing circuits in Europe that have been used since the beginning of the F1 world championship in 1950 and has retained a reputation for speed and danger despite many moderations. It was designed in 1920 and was first used for a car race in 1922. AFP PDS PDS

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