Manuel Correa has expressed optimism that he will be able to return to track
action in 2021, as he continues his recuperation following last year’s Formula
Correa, 20, sustained serious injuries in the crash at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, last August in which Anthoine Hubert was killed.
spent two weeks in a coma, having developed lung complications, and when
surgery was deemed possible he was given the option of his lower right leg
being amputated, which was declined.
spent two months in hospital in London, where he was transferred from Liege, Correa
was discharged in November in order to continue his recovery at home in Miami.
recently participated in Formula 1’s Virtual Chinese Grand Prix in association
with Alfa Romeo, having acted as its development driver last year.
never really got a solid prognosis, and it still is very step by step,” Correa
told The ESPN F1 Podcast regarding his recovery.
was a long process and kind of at each checkpoint we would look at the next
prognostic and what was the best outcome and the worst outcome.
I left the hospital in London, in November, they told me it would probably take
me around five to six months until I would be walking on crutches again and
using my left leg normally, because my left leg was banged up – not as bad as
the right one, but it needed a lot of rehab.
told me that in their opinion if I could walk within one and a half years, to
two years, that would be a good outcome.
was in the case that everything went OK with the leg and I could save the leg.
There was still a lot to be done for that leg to be ready to walk.
was very blunt with them, I said ‘when can I drive again if I want to drive?’
They said not before two years, this was in November.
at how it has all progressed up until now, I think I will not be driving this
November but probably sometime early next year, if everything goes well, so
that’s still almost a year ahead of that prognostic the doctors told me.
was in crutches three weeks after they told me it would take me six months, and
I am nearly walking now and it has been seven and a half months and they told
me it would be a year and a half.”
also revealed that Billy Monger – who suffered a double amputation in a Formula
4 crash in 2017 – had been a huge inspiration during his own recovery process.
was very much behind me throughout the whole process, he came to visit in the
hospital,” said Correa.
felt with him we had a very strong connection because he knew what we both had
been going through. He knew how it felt.
was a big inspiration because he’s actually racing again, so that’s my
benchmark to say ‘OK I can do this and I can come back’, so that was very