Sadly, during the opening laps of the Formula 2 race supporting the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, rising French star Anthoine Hubert was involved in a horrific high speed crash and succumbed to his injuries shortly after.
Also involved was young American Juan-Manuel Correa who remains hospitalized at this time, in stable condition, and Frenchman Giuliano Alesi, who was released after being examined. The race was not restarted after the incident.
Hubert had won two F2 races this year after winning the GP3 Championship last season and was a member of the Renault Sport Academy team. He was 22 years old.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends, the BWT Arden team and his fellow drivers.
The two Formula One Testing sessions in Barcelona wrapped up March 1st with, once again, the teams running a massive amount of laps in just eight days.
Our analysis shows that the ten teams completed a total of 8,774 laps, the equivalent of almost 133 race distances!
Although Scuderia Ferrari topped the timesheets on four of the eight days, Mercedes-AMG Petronas put in by far the most number of laps. Suspicions of sandbagging also surrounded the German team.
Most of the other teams ran about the same amount, except Racing Point (formerly Force India) who only broke the 100 lap mark on the final two days and ROKiT Williams, who missed the first two days (and most of the third). Williams did, however, recover pretty well and ran solidly (though not quickly) throughout the second session.
So it looks like Mercedes versus Ferrari at the front and a very tight pack behind them, with McLaren, Toro Rosso and Alfa Romeo (formerly Sauber) bunched up with Red Bull, Renault and Haas. Racing Point a bit behind and Williams bringing up the rear again.
You can look at the numbers below and draw your own conclusions:
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