Juan Manuel Correa to make Formula 2 return with Van Amersfoort
Three years on from a life-threatening accident, American-Ecuadorian racing driver, Juan Manuel Correa, will return to the FIA Formula 2 Championship to compete in this weekend’s season finale.
Correa will join the Dutch Van Amersfoort Racing team and will compete in the final two races of the 2022 campaign, held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The 23-year-old previously raced in Formula 2 in 2019 but was forced into an 18-month recovery process after being involved in a tragic accident at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which took the life of fellow racing driver, Anthoine Hubert.
Following an intensive rehabilitation program, Correa returned to competition in 2021 by joining ART Grand Prix to race in FIA Formula 3.
He scored points on his very first weekend back in the cockpit and in a second season with the French outfit in 2022, scored a landmark podium finish at Zandvoort – his first since the accident.
Alongside competing in single-seaters, Correa also joined Prema Racing to race in the European Le Mans Series and scored two podiums, including a breakout maiden win in sportscars, in two starts.
Van Amersfoort Racing joined the Formula 2 grid for this season and has a distinguished history that stretches back to the team’s foundation in 1975.
As one of motorsport’s leading teams on the junior single-seater ladder, Van Amersfoort has powered multiple drivers to success, including two-time Formula One World Champion Max Verstappen and five-time Grand Prix winner Charles Leclerc.
At Van Amersfoort Racing, Correa will partner Belgium’s Amaury Cordeel.
"Racing again in F2 is very exciting for me because it has been my goal since my comeback two years ago," said Correa, looking ahead to the race.
"I know it will be challenging to jump into a race weekend without having driven the F2 car in such a long time, but I am always up for a challenge.
"It will be an emotional feeling to take part in another F2 race start three years after Spa, and I want to thank VAR for this incredible opportunity and the trust in me."
The F1 support series’ season finale will take place on 19-20 November 2022.