Anthoine Hubert: Formula 1 to pay tribute with minute’s silence before Belgian Grand Prix

Formula 1 will hold a minute’s silence before Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix in memory of Anthoine Hubert.

The Formula 2 driver, 22, died in a crash at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Saturday.

Hubert’s mother and brother, holding one of his helmets, joined drivers from F2 and Formula 3 to observe a minute’s silence before the F3 race on Sunday.

A number of F1 representatives attended the tribute including Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

F1’s minute’s silence will be observed at 14:53 local time (13:53 BST) and a video paying tribute to the Frenchman will also be shown on screens around the circuit.

On Sunday the F1 Twitter account posted: “Today we race. We do so with the heaviest of hearts, and we carry the memory of Anthoine throughout. Just like it was for Anthoine, racing is our passion and our dream. It defines us. So today we race for Anthoine. And today, and always, we honour him.”

Hubert suffered a huge impact from the car of American Juan Manuel Correa at about 170mph at the Raidillon swerves. Correa is in intensive care, but his condition is stable, after surgery.

Governing body the FIA will launch a full investigation into the accident which will analyse its causes and how the cars and safety features at the track behaved in the crash.

Hubert appears to have sustained two impacts – one with the barriers at the top of Raidillon, and another when his car was hit broadside by that of Correa, whose car then turned upside down and skidded along the track on its ‘halo’ head-protection device.

In the case of F1 driver Jules Bianchi, who suffered fatal head injuries in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, a report was produced about two months after his accident at Suzuka.

But there is no specific timeframe – the FIA safety department will take the time to study all relevant factors before publishing its report, which will then feed into the next steps in terms of any potential safety improvements that may emerge.