Leclerc's maiden F1 win overshadowed by the death of Anthoine Hubert
The Belgian Grand Prix weekend, the 13th round of the Formula 1 season, would be remembered as one of the saddest days in recent motorsport history because the 22-year-old French Formula 2 racer Anthoine Hubert lost a life in a crash during the Feature Race on Saturday afternoon.
Hubert was involved in a horrific crash at Raidillon together with several more drivers on Lap 2. Unfortunately, the young Frenchman succumbed to injuries shortly after the crash. The race was red-flagged and cancelled. The Sprint Race, planned for Sunday, was cancelled too.
Anthoine Hubert was the GP3 Series champion last year, in the last season of that competition before converting it into FIA Formula 3 Championship. This year, Hubert made an FIA Formula 2 Championship debut with BWT Arden and won two races in the first part of the season, at the streets of Monte-Carlo and Circuit Paul Ricard.
Bittersweet maiden F1 victory for Charles Leclerc
The weekend at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps was overshadowed by the death of young racer but all other championships except Formula 2 completed their respective programs.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc secured his third pole position in a career by setting the fastest time in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix and then converted it into his maiden Formula 1 victory. His teammate Sebastian Vettel joined him on the front row at the start, in front of two Mercedes drivers, but Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas reached the podium in the end.
Behind Vettel, Alex Albon finished fifth in his first race with Red Bull, what is his career-best result. His teammate Max Verstappen ended the race on the opening lap after contact with Kimi Raikkonen damaged suspension on his car and he went to the wall at Eau Rouge.
Sergio Perez (Racing Point), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) and Lance Stroll (Racing Point) completed the top 10.
Maiden F3 victory for Pedro Piquet
On Saturday, Pedro Piquet (Trident) scored his maiden FIA Formula 3 Championship victory after fantastic start of the race in which he started from the front row, next to the pole-sitter Jehan Daruvala (Prema Racing). Piquet stole the lead on the opening lap and stayed in front until the end. After 17 laps, he crossed the finish line with 2.222sec gap ahead of Robert Shwartzman (Prema Racing). Daruvala ended the race in the third place.
On Sunday, Marcu Armstrong (Prema Racing) clinched his second win of the season. Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda (Jenzer Motorsport) climbed to the podium for the first time, finishing second. Robert Shwartzman finished third, taking his second podium in two races and defending championship lead after six rounds.
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