By Jonathan McEvoy for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 23:21 BST, 1 September 2019
Charles Leclerc admitted his maiden Formula One win in Belgium on Sunday was a bittersweet triumph following the death of Anthoine Hubert, his friend and F2 driver.
The victory was Ferrari's first of a disappointing season and sets them up nicely for the next round on their home track at Monza on Sunday.
An emotional Leclerc, 21, said: 'On one hand, this is a childhood dream realised. On the other, it has been a very difficult weekend. We have lost a friend first. It's very difficult in this situation so I would like to dedicate my first win to him. I did my first race with Anthoine when I was seven. There were Esteban (Ocon) and Pierre (Gasly) too.
F2 driver Anthoine Hubert has passed away aged 22 after a horror crash during the Belgian GP
The crash happened at the Eau Rouge section of the course of the second lap after Hubert's car hit into a barrier and rolled backwards into the centre of the track before a rival hit