Juan Manuel Correa Posts Heartwarming Tweet Ahead of Return To F3 Racing

Published 02/16/2021, 5:59 AM EST


Crashes in motorsport racing are always heart-wrenching to witness for drivers, teams, and fans alike. So when 21-year-old Juan Manuel Correa announced he was returning to drive in F3, racing enthusiasts were understandably happy to see him back in the sport.

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He had the misfortune of being involved in the same crash that sadly killed Anthoine Hubert at Spa back in 2019. The world that day mourned the loss of an aspiring young driver that saw many F1 drivers also pay their respects ahead of that year’s F1 Belgian Grand Prix.

Taking to Twitter, Correa posted a picture of himself fully strapped with a racesuit, helmet and driving gear. The date 15 February 2021, incidentally, marks a touch lesser than 18 months since he last raced a Formula car.

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Hard to describe with words what this means to me, said Juan Manuel Correa

The caption of Correa’s post read, “•February 15, 2021• 533 days after Spa, I have gotten back, for the first time, behind the wheel of a formula car.

“It’s hard to describe with words what this means to me. All I can say is thank you to all of you who have supported me up to this point. AH was with me today,” concluded Correa.

The 2019 Belgian GP feature race naturally immediately stopped, after both Hubert and Correa’s cars received significant damage. While Correa received treatment and came back to a stable condition, Hubert unfortunately succumbed to the injuries he had suffered.

Correa now begins a fresh pursuit of his racing career in the F3 division

Back in 2019 before his accident, the Ecuador-born driver had accumulated 36 points in the FIA F2 Championship season. Following his crash, however, he made a recovery and now feels fit to return to racing.

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Correa had stated, “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.”

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He will begin his pursuit of the 2021 F3 Championship with a good team in ART Grand Prix Racing. At 21, he still has an ample amount of time to rebuild his career. Thus, one can only hope that he reaches the top step that is F1 and pays tribute to his immensely talented friend.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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