The FIA Formula 2 Championship grid at this weekend’s Monza round will be trimmed to seventeen cars in the wake of the fatal accident that claimed the life of BWT Arden driver Anthoine Hubert at Spa-Francorchamps.

With BWT Arden and the Sauber Junior Team (whose driver Juan Manuel Correa suffered critical injuries after collecting Hubert’s car) both confirming they would field a single entry this weekend, the Trident team has joined this list while the car driven by Giuliano Alesi remains impounded in Belgium.

It was Alesi (pictured above) who triggered the accident in Saturday’s ill-fated Spa-Francorchamps Feature Race, losing control of his car at Eau Rouge on Lap 2. This forced Hubert to take avoiding action, however the Frenchman lost control of his car at Raidillon and was struck at unabated speed by Correa.

Hubert succumbed to his injuries, while Correa remains in intensive care in a medically induced coma after being transferred a specialist hospital in the United Kingdom to continue his treatment.

With Belgian authorities still in possession of Alesi’s car, the son of 1995 Canadian Grand Prix winner Jean Alesi will pilot its sole remaining car at Monza this weekend. This means that its second driver Ralph Boschung – whose struggles for budget forced him to miss two rounds earlier this season – will be left on the sidelines.

A statement from Boschung’s management read: “Due to last weekend’s tragic events in the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Spa-Francorchamps, Giuliano Alesi’s car has been impounded by the Belgian authorities, as it was involved in the serious accident.

“The result is that for the next race at Monza the Trident team will only have one car, which will be used by Alesi. This means that Ralph Boschung will not be able to compete at this weekend’s Italian F2 round.

“Ralph would like to extend his deepest condolences to Anthoine Hubert’s family, friends and the team, and also wishes Juan Manuel Correa the best in his recoveries.”

Boschung is expected to be back on the Formula 2 grid at the following round at Sochi Autodrom at the end of September.

Image via FIA Formula 2 Championship

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