Schumacher’s son consoles Hubert family
Michael Schumacher's emotional son consoled the brother of F2 driver Anthoine Hubert as the racing world reels in the wake of his tragic death.
Hubert was killed, aged just 22, in a horror smash at the F2 Belgian Grand Prix in Spa on Saturday.
On a solemn weekend for motorsport, drivers twice observed a minute's silence on Sunday in memory of Hubert.
Hubert's mother and brother held his racing helmet in their hands as teams and drivers stood alongside them with heads bowed in the Spa-Francorchamps paddock.
The Frenchman died as a result of his injuries following a sickening 240kph collision at the famous Eau Rogue turn at Spa.
Today Prema Racing's German driver Mick Schumacher, son of the champion driver, embraced Hubert's family, before they stood in silence in memory of the young sportsman.
Schumacher was taking part in the same F2 qualifying session when Hubert's fatal crash occurred, and today's race was subsequently cancelled.
Drivers including F1 star Sebastian Vettel paid their respects ahead of the F3 race, which organisers decided would go ahead as planned this morning.
Multiple time World Champion Lewis Hamilton led a minute's silence ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix and wrote a touching Instagram post last night.
"This is devastating. God rest your soul Anthoine. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family today.
"If a single one of you watching and enjoying this sport think for a second what we do is safe your hugely mistaken.
"All these drivers put their life on the line when they hit the track and people need to appreciate that in a serious way because it is not appreciated enough.
"Not from the fans nor some of the people actually working in the sport.
"Anthoine is a hero as far as I'm concerned, for taking the risk he did to chase his dreams.
"I'm so sad that this has happened. Let's lift him up and remember him. Rest in peace brother."
The shocking accident happened on the second lap of the F2 race just after Formula One qualifying had finished.
Hubert's car crashed heavily into the barriers and sprung back on to the race track when it was struck by Juan Manuel Correa, who was travelling behind and had no chance of swerving.
The 20-year-old American-Ecuadorean suffered fractures to both his legs and a minor spinal injury and is recovering in intensive care.
A statement on the driver's website said: "At the current moment, Juan Manuel Correa's condition is stable.
"He was taken by helicopter to a hospital where he underwent surgery.
"Juan Manuel remained conscious the entire time until his admission to the operating room."
Correa's car ripped through Hubert's Arden, splitting it into two pieces.
Stewards stopped the race immediately and then cancelled it while marshals and medics raced to the scene.
Hubert, who won the GP3 championship last season and had already won two Grands Prix this year, was part of the Renault Academy.
Hubert's death is the first driver fatality at a Formula One race weekend since Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed at Imola in 1994.
Jules Bianchi, who suffered serious head injuries at the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014, succumbed to his injuries in July the following year.
This article first appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission.