The Shining Star of F2's Rookies in 2019.
As Formula 1 heads to Belgium with Formula 2 and Formula 3. It means we approach a year since we lost a shining star of the junior formula, Anthoine Hubert.
To describe Anthoine Hubert, I always remember him as the boy with the brightest smile, I don’t think I’ve ever seen many moments where he wasn’t smiling. He was named by so many drivers as the “nice guy” and he was so loved. So I’m taking this time to talk of what exactly made him shine and stand out amongst so many brilliant drivers.
The Frenchman first came to my attention in GP3, it was his first season in 2017. He was at ART GP and partnered George Russell and Jack Aitken. He finished fourth overall in the standings. He was able to back him two teammates up in his driving to help ART GP secure the championship title and it also earned him another year with the team.
GP3 Title Winning Moment
2018, was where he made big moves. Caught a lot of people’s attention as he started battling for the title. It was the final year of GP3 before they folded and turned into F3. It was also Anothine’s year. Despite a hard battle with Mazepin, his teammate, he won.
The season had some brilliant highlights for him. He took his first win at his home track, Paul Ricard. Each time he won at the track, you could see how much it meant to him. He wore his flag with pride and he was Renault backed, covered in the yellow and black overalls to showcase his partnership with the French manufacture. It was so evident that he was talented and at this point, he looked strong to win the title.
He took eleven podiums in that season and two wins, for such a competitive series, he stood out and he was always there for points collecting enough to take the title. It earned him his place in Formula 2, and that is where he caught everyone’s attention.
In Formula 2, he raced with BWT Arden. Arden was not the most competitive team in F2, which made the task to win and showcase his talent even harder.
Hubert Winning in Monaco
His first Formula 2 win, came in the form of a sprint race. At one of the most difficult tracks on the calendar, Monaco. The photo, seen above really defines how good he was, how much this first win meant. It’s one of my favourite photos because it’s full of passion. If you have seen the Formula 2 documentary, he made it clear how much he wanted to win and part of it was for his girlfriend, which just highlighted how much of an amazing guy he was, as Alex Albon made clear. Anthoine wanted to also win because he’s a racing driver and it’s Monaco. He did just that.
Then He did it, yet again at Paul Ricard. He won, this time it sort of felt more like a triumph, maybe because in F2 drivers know it is their moment to make F1 teams look at them more so than F3. He took the sprint race win. Once he’d won, he took the flag and waved it to all the fans because he was delivering what a lot wanted to see.
Anthoine Hubert was a driver of so much talent. He was one of the best rookies in formula 2 last year, and it felt he deserved a better seat.
But as we all know, tragically. It was cut short. In all my time as a fan, it’s was one of the hardest weekends I think so many of us have had to watch. But what we all take away, is how amazing he was, and he will never be forgotten.
As I conclude, formula 2 have announced that the number 19 is to be retired.
I found something so beautiful in knowing that 19 would be forever his just like he would forever be the reigning GP3 champion. I hope we can all take this weekend to remember just how brilliant Athonie was and that’s what I intended to go here.