Anthoine Hubert: “My second place was safe”

Anthoine Hubert - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Anthoine Hubert made a good start in the final race at Spa-Francorchamps, and was rewarded with a trip to the podium for second place on Saturday.

The Frenchman started fifth on the grid, and gained a place right at the start when George Russell made a mess of his start, and then moved into second behind eventual race winner Joel Eriksson at Les Combes when Ben Barnicoat and Callum Ilott clashed. He then drove a strong if not straightforward race to the chequered flag to claim his third podium finish of the season.

The Van Amersfoort Racing driver now sits second in the rookie standings with three rounds of the season remaining, and felt he was under control for pretty much the whole race despite Lance Stroll showing at times that he was faster behind him, with the runners-up spot only truly becoming safe when the recovering Russell battled with Stroll for the final spot on the podium.

“My start was relatively normal and I also made it through Les Combes in a good way,” said Hubert to “After that, I was second.

“During the race, Lance Stroll was faster than me and managed to close the gap, but didn’t find a way past. Later, he was battling with George Russell, so my second place was safe.”