Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa out of artificially induced coma but requires major surgery

American racing driver Juan Manuel Correa, injured in the Formula 2 Grand Prix crash that killed Frenchman Anthoine Hubert in late August, is out of an artificially induced coma, his team said on Saturday.

Agence France-Presse September 21, 2019 15:41:15 IST
Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa out of artificially induced coma but requires major surgery
  • American racing driver Juan Manuel Correa, injured in the Formula 2 Grand Prix crash that killed Frenchman Anthoine Hubert in late August, is out of an artificially induced coma.

  • Correa, just 20, broke both his legs and suffered spinal injuries and acute respiratory failure before being placed in the induced coma.

  • The accident happened as Hubert hit a wall at Spa and smashed into Correa at high speed, flipping the American's Sauber junior team car upside down and shattering Hubert's vehicle, the main monocoque separating from the rear.

Paris: American racing driver Juan Manuel Correa, injured in the Formula 2 Grand Prix crash that killed Frenchman Anthoine Hubert in late August, is out of an artificially induced coma, his team said on Saturday.

Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa out of artificially induced coma but requires major surgery

File image of Juan Manuel Correa. Image Courtesy: Twitter @JMCorrea__

Correa, just 20, broke both his legs and suffered spinal injuries and acute respiratory failure before being placed in the induced coma.

The Quito born racer was travelling at 170 mph (270 kph) at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium on 31 August when a collision with Hubert's car left Correa needing an initial four hours of surgery at Liege hospital.

Correa, who grew up in Miami but is currently based in Barcelona, is now in "a race against time (for) major surgery in order to minimise risk of irreversible injuries," his team Sauber said.

"The medical priority for Juan Manuel now shifts from the lungs to the leg injuries that were sustained more than two weeks ago," the statement said.

The accident happened as Hubert hit a wall at Spa and smashed into Correa at high speed, flipping the American's Sauber junior team car upside down and shattering Hubert's vehicle, the main monocoque separating from the rear.

Hubert, 22, who was considered a serious talent by Renault's F1 set up, died at the circuit 90 minutes after the race and was the first driver to die at a Grand Prix since the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at Imola in 1994.

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