Less than two years on from the horrific crash in Spa, Juan Manuel Correa is to make his comeback, driving for ART in Formula 3.
The 21-year-old’s life hung in the balance following the tragic incident that caused the death of Anthoine Hubert, with him being in a coma for two weeks.
He ultimately recovered and, after multiple surgeries, was able to return home with a brace on his right leg that was fractured in various places.
Remarkably, he is now set to return to racing and is already preparing for the upcoming F3 campaign.
“First of all, I’m extremely happy to be back after what I’ve been through,” he said.
“I am super thankful to ART Grand Prix; it means a lot to me that they’re believing in me and my comeback. F3 is a transition year, my dream is still to reach F1 and this is the first step in my comeback.
“My targets are a bit ahead of myself, because I still have to do a lot, I have not driven a car for a year and a half and there is a big learning curve ahead.
“I’m entering this season with an open mind, I won’t put pressure on myself, I will do my best, I will do what I love and that’s already a victory.”
— Juan Manuel Correa (@JMCorrea__) February 1, 2021
Correa was impressive in Formula 2 prior to the crash, picking up two podiums, and was on track to make it to the top of motorsport.
ART team principal Sébastien Philippe says that they want to help him finally get there.
“Since his horrendous accident in Spa, on August 30th 2019, Juan Manuel has been through a lot of phases, always fighting while keeping in mind that he did not want to give up on his dream to keep racing at the highest possible level,” he said.
“Juan Manuel is an example of bravery and tenacity and ART Grand Prix is proud to give him the opportunity to return to racing. Juan Manual is extremely strong mentally, he is still fighting to be as fit as possible and he is hungry.
Behind the wheel, his talent is immense, as shown by his achievements in go-karts and then his first few years in motorsport.
“We are keen to accompany Juan Manuel to resume his career and to help him climb the ladder once again. He will give the team the benefit of his talent and experience.”