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Juan Manuel Correa, who suffered serious leg injuries in the 2019 crash which claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert at Spa-Francorchamps, will make his return to single-seater racing this year.

His injuries were so severe the doctors gave him the option of amputating his right leg. Having undergone multiple surgical procedures, Correa says he is now ready to return to racing.

The former Formula 2 driver will participate in Formula 3 with ART, the team has announced. “I’m extremely happy to be back after what I’ve been through,” said Correa.

“I am super thankful to ART Grand Prix. It means a lot to me that they’re believing in me and my comeback.”

He is stepping down to Formula 3 in what he describes as a “transition year”. The American driver, who raced for Charouz in 2019, said “my dream is still to reach F1 and this is the first step in my comeback.”

“My targets are a bit ahead of myself, because I still have to do a lot,” said Correa. “I have not driven a car for a year and a half and there is a big learning curve ahead.

“I’m entering this season with an open mind, I won’t put pressure on myself, I will do my best, I will do what I love and that’s already a victory.”

The Formula 3 season begins at the Circuit de Catalunya in May. Correa’s team mates at ART will be Aleksandr Smolyar and recently-announced Mercedes junior driver Frederik Vesti.

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