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Formula 3: Correa back – comeback after a horror crash in Spa

Comeback after Spa horror crash

Juan Manuel Correa will return to racing in 2021 and drive for ART in Formula 3 – almost two years after his horror crash.

D.hat is already the comeback of the year: Juan Manuel Correa will compete for the ART team in Formula 3 in 2021 – almost two years after the devastating horror accident in Spa in which Anthoine Hubert lost his life.
X-rays of Correa’s shattered leg: click here
The terrible crash was 17 months ago. In the Formula 2 race in Spa on August 31, 2019, Anthoine Hubert crashed, with the wreck of the Frenchman being thrown back onto the racetrack. At 270 km / h, Juan Manuel Correa crashed into Hubert’s car, rolled over and was seriously injured. Hubert did not survive the accident, Correa had to go to the hospital.

Most of the injuries, including a small spinal fracture, were harmless. But Correa broke both legs in the horror crash. The lower right leg in particular was badly shattered. The American, who was born in Ecuador, had to endure more than 20 operations, and his right leg was clamped in a metal frame for 13 months.

Correa was operated on more than 20 times

Despite these massive physical injuries, whether the fatal outcome for Hubert or mental injuries, Correa had no doubt about wanting to get back into the racing car. That will now happen in 2021, when the 21-year-old will start in Formula 3.

Juan Manuel Correa returns to racing

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Correa is essentially erasing the years 2019 and 2020 in his career. Already in 2017 and 2018 he was at the start for 25 races in the Swiss Jenzer racing team in the series called GP3 at the time, taking fourth place in Barcelona 2018. In 2019 he was promoted to Sauber Charouz in Formula 2 – with the aforementioned terrible outcome. Now he starts again one level lower.

“I am extremely happy to be able to return to the racing slopes. And I am very grateful to ART for this opportunity. It means a lot to me that they believe in me. My goal remains to get into Formula 1 one day, ”Correa announces the good news.

Correa meets Leclerc II, among others

But he also knows: The comeback will be extremely tricky. Correa: “I realize that I have a steep learning curve ahead of me because I haven’t been in the racing car for so long. I’m going into the coming season openly for everything, I don’t put any pressure on myself. I can do what I love most, that’s already a victory for me. ”
At ART, Correa meets Aleksandr Smolyar and Frederik Vesti, the new junior from Mercedes. Only 13 of the 30 cockpits in Formula 3 are still assigned. Correa’s opponents include: Arthur Leclerc (Prema), brother of Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc, Matteo Nannini (HWA), nephew of former Formula 1 driver Alessandro Nannini, and Jonny Edgar (Carlin), a Red Bull -Junior.

David Schumacher and Sophia Flörsch could also be back in 2021 and represent the German colors.

The season starts on May 8th in Barcelona.

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