Juan Manuel Correa 'very grateful to be alive', pays tribute to Anthoine Hubert

Juan Manuel Correa has expressed his condolences to Anthoine Hubert, and revealed his long-term recovery schedule, in his first appearance since August’s Formula 2 crash.

Correa was involved in the high-speed accident at Spa-Francorchamps that claimed the life of Renault F1 junior driver Hubert.

Correa sustained multiple leg and foot fractures in the impact and also spent time on an ECMO machine after developing lung complications.

The 20-year-old Alfa Romeo F1 development driver underwent a 17-hour surgery on Sunday 29 September in London, having opted against amputating his foot.

Correa is set to undergo a further surgical procedure later this month and is likely to be transferred to his native Miami at the start of November, where he will begin his lengthy rehab.

Doctors have informed Correa that he will have to wear a metal frame on his right foot for the next eight to 10 months, only after which they can fully diagnose his long-term prognosis.

“Hi everyone, I’m back, I decided to come back to my social media,” posted Correa.

“It has been a very rough five weeks since the accident. Obviously I never said it publicly but I want to give my deepest condolences to the Hubert family.

“It’s been a shock to everyone that such an accident happened. You never really think something like that can happen, especially not to you until it does.

“I’m grateful to be here even though I still have a long road of recovery and it’s still uncertain if I will ever recover to 100 percent, but I am very grateful to be alive.

“I’m very grateful for the people that have been with me in this past five weeks. I’m very grateful for the family I have, the support they have given me, without them I would not have made it, it’s that simple.

“This has really changed my life, the way I see things, the way I think about life and everything in general. It’s been a life-changing experience.

“I want to thank all of you guys, the loving messages from people I don’t even know personally.

“I’ve read pretty much all of them, have spent pretty much all day answering messages, or at least like the comments. I want to tell you I will read them eventually – there’s thousands of them! I don’t think I’ll get it done in one day, but thank you so, so much, it means a lot for me.

“It is what it is, I have accepted what happened and I can only be positive now and work as hard as possible for the fastest and best recovery possible.

“I can either be here and feel sorry for myself and be depressed or I can just be positive and get on with it and do the best I can for the recovery.”