Formula 2 retires number 19 in memory of Hubert

Hubert was killed at the age of 22 in a crash during the opening stages of last year’s F2 feature race at Spa.

The 2018 GP3 Series champion was racing for Arden at the time with car number 19, which was absent from the entry list for the remainder of the season following his death.

F2 also opted against using the car number for the 2020 season, with neither #18 or #19 appearing on the grid.

Ahead of F2’s return to Spa this weekend, the series has now confirmed that #19 has been retired permanently from the championship in memory of Hubert.

“Nearly one year on from the tragic passing of Anthoine Hubert at Spa, Formula 2 officially confirms that the number 19 will no longer be used in the Championship,” a statement from F2 reads.

“19 will forever be Anthoine’s, in memory of the late Frenchman, whose star still shines brightly over our paddock.”

A special logo has been created for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix incorporating Hubert’s initials, race number and a star. This will appear on all cars across F1, F2 and F3 at Spa over the race weekend.

F2 has also confirmed it will hold a minute’s silence in memory of Hubert ahead of Saturday’s feature race.

F1 will then follow by staging a minute’s silence on the grid before the Belgian Grand Prix.