The funeral of Formula 2 racer Anthoine Hubert, who died in a high-speed crash at Spa in August, was held on Tuesday.
“Anthoine, your smile, your energy, that’s the image we have of you,” said former F1 world champion Alain Prost.
Prost, representing Hubert’s team Renault Sport Racing, talked of the driver’s “kindness, curiosity, intelligence, professionalism and gentleness” and said his “quest for perfection would have propelled him towards a bright future”.
The ceremony lasted more than three hours and was shown on a giant screen outside the town’s French Gothic cathedral, with Hubert’s father Francois, girlfriend Julie and other friends also paying tribute to the driver, who had won two F2 races this season.
Jean Todt, president of motorsport’s governing body the FIA, F1 directors Ross Brawn, Chase Carey and Sean Bratches, and team executives Mattia Binotto of Ferrari, Cyril Abiteboul of Renault and Fred Vasseur of Alfa Romeo Racing, were among the mourners.
Giuliano Alesi, who was also involved in the three-car crash, attended with his father Jean, a former driver.
The other driver in the crash, 20-year-old American Juan Manuel Correa, is “in a critical but stable condition,” his family said on Saturday.