With the tragic passing of Anthoine Hubert, one must not forget that he was not the only victim. American driver, Juan Manuel Correa was another driver who got the brunt of the accident. The good news was that Correa is still alive and kicking, though he was quite badly battered.
The American driver’s family revealed that he is aware of the outcome of the accident. Now, he faces a “lengthy” spell of rehabilitation to recover from the injuries that he sustained.
As it turned out, Correa suffered fractures in both legs and a minor spinal injury. The Ecuadorean-born driver collided with Hubert on the second lap of F2’s feature race at Spa-Francorchamps. According to reports, Hubert was off the racing line and lost control of his car at Raidillon. The out-of-control car then drifted back on to the racing line, and there was only disaster awaiting.
The impact split Hubert’s car in two, while Correa’s came to a rest on its head. Tragically, Hubert was pronounced dead at the medical centre later that evening. Meanwhile, Juan Manuel Correa was transported to the CHU Liège hospital for further treatment. Luckily, he had a successful surgery and has remained in intensive care since.
On Monday, Correa’s family released a statement, saying, “Juan Manuel will remain in intensive care for at least another 24 hours to ensure that his condition can continue to be monitored by his surgical team. His parents are at his bedside can confirm that he is fully aware of the events that happened at the Circuit Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday and are providing support and comfort to their son who is completely overwhelmed with sadness. Juan Manuel sends his well wishes and prayers to Anthoine Hubert and family.”
The statement went on to say doctors will determine when Correa can be transferred to the U.S. to continue “a very lengthy rehabilitation program.”
The Alfa Romeo junior driver was born in Ecuador but moved to Miami aged 10. He races under the American flag.
He was signed as a member of the Sauber Junior Team this year and as a result the Swiss company’s F1 team, now rebranded Alfa Romeo, organised a test of a 2013 F1 car just seven days before the accident in Belgium.