Juan Manuel Correa returned to a Formula 2 car for the first time since his crash at Spa-Francorchamps over two years ago on Thursday in Abu Dhabi.
Correa was testing with Charouz Racing System at the post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit.
The American-Ecuadorian driver ended the day eighth on the timesheet.
Correa came back to full-time racing duties this year in the FIA Formula 3 Championship after an extensive recovery period following his crash at Spa in 2019.
He suffered significant injuries to his legs, while Anthoine Hubert, who was also involved in the incident, passed away.
“It felt very special to be back behind the wheel of a Formula 2 car today,” Correa said on social media. “Days like today remind me of how lucky I am to be here and continue to live these experiences.
“As always, but specially today, thinking of Anthoine and his family. Thank you all for your kind messages!”
Correa ended the 2021 F3 season 21st in the Drivers’ Championship, picking up a best result of sixth at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
The French track was also the venue of his first sportscar outing last month, when he got behind the wheel of an LMP2 car, driving Prema’s ORECA 07-Gibson.