Formula One say Spa Grand Prix will go ahead after Anthoine Hubert F2 death
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Today's Formula One Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps will go ahead 24 hours after the death of F2 driver Anthoine Hubert.

The Frenchman died on Saturday after crashing with Juan Manuel Correa.

The F2 sprint race scheduled for today has been cancelled as a sign of respect, but the Formula One race will still take place at 2.10pm.

A statement from the Circuit de Spa-Froncorchamps read: "Following the tragedy that struck the F2 race on August 31st, 2019 during which driver Anthoine Hubert tragically lost his life, Spa Grand Prix SA wishes to express its sincere condolences to the Hubert family and to all his relatives with whom we share the pain caused by the loss of a talented driver as well as an extraordinary person.

"Spa Grand Prix also wishes to notify that the activities planned on the track on September 1st, 2019 remain on the agenda with the exception of the F2 race, which is cancelled, out of respect for Anthoine’s talent and in his memory.

"This tragedy is a painful reminder that motorsports are and will always remain a dangerous discipline for which pilots take brave and enormous risks in the name of the passion they share with all their fans.

"It should also be recalled that the safety of the drivers, spectators and organizers, or any other party involved in the organization of the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps represents an absolute priority for Spa Grand Prix."

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc will start today's race from pole position after out qualifying team-mate Sebastian Vettel by over 0.7 seconds.

The Italian team locked out the front row for the first time since Bahrain.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas line up on the second row ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen in fifth.

Hamilton was among those who paid tribute to Hubert as he posted on Instagram. "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 left him up and remember him. Rest in peace brother."

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