In early 2019, Juan Manuel Correa joined the Sauber Academy, a program for young drivers directly linked to the Alfa Romeo team. The American driver was then driving in Formula 2, where his career was brought to a halt by the terrible accident at Spa-Francorchamps at the end of the summer of that same year, costing the life of Anthoine Hubert.
If Correa survived, he suffered very serious leg injuries but struggled to return to a normal life. He returned to competition this year and participates in the Formula 3 championship with the ART Grand Prix team. From now on, he will once again benefit from the support and guidance of Sauber. During the 2019 season and before the tragedy, Correa had also carried out his very first test in an F1, again thanks to the Swiss team and Alfa Romeo, on the Paul Ricard circuit. .
“It’s very special to be back at Sauber Academy,” said Correa on the eve of his second F3 meeting of the season, at Le Castellet. “This is the junior program of the team I was in in 2019, when I had my first and only test in F1, and it’s great to work with again them. I look forward to wearing the academy logo on my car and on my helmet, starting this weekend in France, and I look forward to helping the team when she will need it, in the simulator or elsewhere. “
“I am grateful to ART and SÃ © bastien Philippe, as well as of course to Fred Vasseur, for all the support he has given me, and to everyone at Sauber, from Beat Zehnder to all those who have been just amazing and given me so much support since my accident and throughout my recovery. It’s an honor to be back on this team. “
Juan Manuel Correa joins in the Sauber Academy ThÃ © o Pourchaire, Emerson Fittipaldi Jr, Petr Ptacek and Dexter Patterson.
“Juan Manuel has always shown quality and determination, but his remarkable comeback from his injury is an inspiring story that shows his strength,” said Beat Zehnder, Sauber sporting director. “We have nothing but admiration for his tenacity and we are happy to help him through the Sauber Academy program as he resumes his career in motorsport.”
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