Targeting a return to motorsports, American standout Juan Manuel Correa returned to Spa-Francorchamps, the site of his horrific crash one year ago, this weekend. Invited by the FIA F2 Series to attend the event, Correa returned to Europe to discuss his recovery process, pay tribute to Anthoine Hubert, talk about his future goals and get back to the track that nearly took his life.
“It has been one year since the crash happened,” expressed Juan Manuel. “I felt that this was a way for me to kind of close the chapter, but more importantly pay my tribute to Anthoine.”
“To be back in Europe these last few weeks has been really amazing and a huge development in my progress, my rehab and my road back to racing. It is something that I have been wanting to do since the beginning of the year and now finally I am able to travel, and I am able to train properly,” continued Correa. “It has also been great to see the level that I am at with my upper body strength and how well and how hard I have been training is a testament to my dedication while I have been at home in Miami. My upper body is ready to drive. I have the level of strength necessary to drive any car I want and now it is just a matter of time and to wait a little bit more for the leg to get better. We are confident that as they start taking the metals off in the next few months and with the proper rehab the legs will be more than ready to drive next season.”
Correa added, “Moving forward and being in Spa this week definitely brings a lot of emotions, some positive and some negative. It is going to be a difficult weekend in that sense, but I am here, mainly as a tribute to Anthoine (Hubert) but also to see old friends, revisit the paddock which is somewhat of a family to me, and to enjoy the overall race weekend.”
With no date set to return to the seat of a race car, Correa will continue to build his body back to the state it was before the incident. With several surgeries still on the horizon, the America driver can definitely confirm his goals to compete in the 2021 season.
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