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() 'I've realised a childhood dream, but we have lost a friend': Charles Leclerc reflects on a bittersweet triumph at Spa after death of Anthoine Hubert Charles Leclerc dedicated his win in Belgium to his friend Anthoine Hubert Hubert tragically died at the same track in a horror crash on Saturday afternoon The victory was Ferrari's first of a disappointing Formula One season so far 

By Jonathan McEvoy for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 23:21 BST, 1 September 2019

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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

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 him

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

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