Formula 2 creates rookie award in memory of Anthoine Hubert

Formula 2 has announced the launch of the Anthoine Hubert Award, which will be presented to the outstanding rookie each season, in honour of the late racer.

Reigning GP3 champion Hubert stepped up to Formula 2 for 2019 and claimed victories in Monaco and France.

Hubert sustained fatal injuries in a high-speed crash at Spa-Francorchamps in August. He was 22.

On Wednesday, during the championship’s Prize Giving Ceremony in Monaco, organisers announced the creation of a new award in Hubert’s memory.

The Anthoine Hubert Award was presented to Guan Yu Zhou, who part of the Renault junior scheme of which Hubert was a member, after his 2019 achievements.

Zhou took five podiums and a pole position en route to seventh position in the championship.

The Chinese youngster was presented with the award by Anthoine’s brother, Victhor.

“Anthoine will always be part of our family,” said Formula 2 CEO Bruno Michel.

“He joined our paddock at the end of 2016, at the post season GP3 Series tests in Abu Dhabi and successfully raced in the category for two seasons. 

“He is our last GP3 Champion – a truly worthy one. On his F2 debut season, he famously took two race wins, one in Monaco and another one on home soil at Le Castellet.

“He will remain the only rookie in 2019 who has achieved this. He finished 10th in the championship which speaks volume of his talent.

“We wanted to honour him and ensure that he is remembered fondly in every season to come.

“As such, we have decided to give this award named after Anthoine to the best rookie of the season, a title which I am convinced he could have fought for by this year’s end.”

Zhou paid tribute to Hubert, commenting: “It is a huge honour to be receiving this special Anthoine Hubert Award for the Rookie of the Year.

“I think that it is something that will be a great memory for me, and for this year.

“I am wishing Anthoine all of the best up there, I am trying to do him proud and I will continue trying to make him proud for the rest of my racing career.”