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Formula One to race ‘with heaviest of hearts’ after Hubert death

There will be a minute of silence ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix in memory of French driver Anthoine Hubert, who died Saturday in a Formula 2 crash at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (dpa/MIA) – There will be a minute of silence ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix in memory of French driver Anthoine Hubert, who died Saturday in a Formula 2 crash at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Formula One organizers said Sunday the silence would take place a 2.53 pm (1253 GMT) ahead of the race starting as scheduled at 3.10 pm. Cancelling was not considered.

“Today we race,” the official F1 account on Twitter said. “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.”

The 22-year-old Hubert was killed when his BWT Arden car rebounded back onto the track after hitting barriers following the Raidillon corner.

His car was struck at high speed by Sauber Junior Team driver Juan Manuel Correa, who remains in intensive care.

Correa’s team said he had surgery following “fractures to both of his legs and a minor spinal injury.” The 19-year-old American-Ecuadorian’s condition was described as “stable.”

There will also be a moment’s silence ahead of the day’s Formula 3 race in Spa while the F2 sprint race has been cancelled.

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