The Frenchman has invited all F1, F2 and F3 personnel to take part in a special ‘Run for Anthoine’ around Spa on Thursday night in honour of the late Hubert, who was killed in an F2 crash over the 2019 GP weekend.
The event has added poignancy following the recent death of Dilano van ‘t Hoff in a Formula Regional European Championship race at Spa earlier this month, with a moment being set aside this evening to honour him as well.
Gasly believes that the run is the most fitting way for him to honor Hubert. He admits to experiencing conflicting emotions, as he deeply loves the Spa track but also vividly remembers the tragic day when his friend passed away.
Gasly expressed that he is a person who experiences emotions, prior to the Belgian GP.
I believe there is a strong connection between places and emotions, and I have experienced the most negative emotions of my life in this particular location. However, paradoxically, it is also one of my favorite places, creating a sense of contradiction.
“I have a deep affection for this track and thoroughly enjoy racing on it. However, I will always remember the overwhelming emotions I experienced when my parents informed me of the news while descending these stairs in the paddock.”
Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, lays flowers in memory of Anthoine Hubert
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“It is undoubtedly challenging, but I embrace the activity we engage in, and these are circumstances one must endure. It is a reflection of life, no matter how sorrowful it may seem.”
Gasly mentioned that the concept of organizing a race in honor of Hubert has been under consideration for quite some time. While it may not hold significant importance to the general public, it holds great personal significance for Gasly.
“It may seem insignificant to others, but for me, it holds much greater significance and meaning,” he expressed.
“It was a discussion that began at the beginning of the season. Everyone is aware of the strong bond I had with Anthoine, and I believe they are also aware of the close relationship he had with the team.”
“This event was planned well in advance of the recent unfortunate occurrence, but it’s truly commendable how our entire community, including all members of Formula 1, be it F2 or F3, unites when faced with such situations. The racing family stands together.”