A sport in mourning dedicated its time to the tragic loss of Formula Two driver Anthoine Hubert, who died in a 160mph crash at the Spa track just a day before the Belgian Grand Prix.
For all the excitement that has circulated the F1 scene in the recent months, the latest Grand Prix was something entirely different. In particular, a heartbroken Daniel Ricciardo admitted that not one driver really wanted to be out there on the circuit.
The tragic event happened just 24 hours before the drivers were preparing to take part in the 13th race of the season, and many have claimed that the pre-race mood couldn’t have been more solemn.
Ferrari star Charles Leclerc dedicated his first win of the season to the 22-year-old Frenchman and could be seen holding back the tears in the interview after his victory.
Renault’s Ricciardo was of a similar emotion, and said: “I don’t think any of us wanted to be here or race. You question is it really worth it?
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“It’s our job, profession, our life, but also it is still just racing cars around in circles. I am speaking for myself, but I’m not the only one.”
The Australian driver admitted that he even went as far to question his own profession, but was given strength by seeing the victim’s family amongst the spectators.
“I certainly questioned it last night, but having seen some of Anthoine’s family here, that is what gave me more strength,” he continued.
“How could they be here after that? I could not imagine being in their position, they were a lot stronger than any of us.
“Weirdly enough, the best way we can show our respect is to race.
“But a lot of people are hurting in the paddock and it was certainly tough to be here and try and put on a brave face for everyone.
“Everyone is relieved the race is done. We move on from here and, hopefully, it is the last time this happens.”
Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly, who was perhaps closest of any driver to Hubert having grown up with him, added: “It was the most emotional pre-race I ever had because you are not ready at 23 to lose one of your best mates.
“I’ve grown up with these guys since I was seven in karting, we’ve been room-mates, we’ve lived in the same apartment, in the same room for six years.
“I’ve already planned to see all the friends we had in common because none of us really understand and realise what has happened — it’s just super sad.”
The sport remains in mourning and will do so for some time, with the entire Formula One and Two family remembering the promising young racer as he should be.News Now - Sport News