Juan Manuel Correa, march 2019

After his huge crash in Formula 2 at Spa 2019 Juan Manuel Correa announced his return to formula 3 after recovering from severe leg injuries.

Correa’s Charouz car crashed into Antoine Hubert’s BWT Arden at around 135 miles per hour (218 kilometres per hour) resulting in more than 20 operations and 16 months of intense rehab but avoided having an amputation. Hubert sadly passed away however, following the incident.

The Ecuadorian-American driver spent two weeks in a coma and suffered severe injuries to his lungs, spine and legs and had to spend 14 months with a metal frame on his right leg. But now it has been taken off and has had a metal rod inserted into his leg.

“my dream is still to reach f1 and this is the first step of my comeback”

juan manuel correa

With the first Formula 3 test set for less than a month away at the Jerez Circuit, many questions are being asked about his performance and if he managed to recover his pace after the horrific crash.

There are drivers who been to return to the track after a serious collision. F3 driver Sophia Floerch suffered a huge crash at the Macau Grand Prix and is racing after recovering from her own injuries.

Billy Monger also suffered a crash in Formula 4 in 2016 at Donnington similar, and had to have his leg amputated but he raced in the Euro Formula open championship back in 2019.

F1 fan Adrian Kita talks about the similarities between Juan Manuel Correa and former F1 driver Robert Kubica

The Formula 1 community has almost universally welcomed the news with many drivers current and past including Williams F1 driver George Russell and former team mate Callum Ilott showing appreciation for Correa’s return