Injured F2 Racer Juan Correa to Undergo Major Surgery

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By Reuters
September 28, 2019Sports News
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Injured F2 Racer Juan Correa to Undergo Major Surgery
A large screen television shows Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert prior to the start of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium on Sept. 1, 2019. (Francisco Seco/AP Photo)

Formula Two driver Juan Manuel Correa will undergo over 10 hours of surgery on his right leg on Sept. 29 in order to avoid amputation, four weeks after being injured in a crash that killed French racer, Anthoine Hubert.

The Ecuadorean-American, who was taken out of a medically-induced coma last week, was now “fully conscious”, a statement issued by his family said, with his lungs having recovered enough for doctors to attempt the surgery.

Doctors had given Correa the option of a “reconstructive amputation” of his right foot, the statement added, but the 20-year-old had decided to proceed with the surgery instead.

“Sunday’s surgery will be crucial in determining Juan Manuel’s future,” said the statement.

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Juan Manuel Correa of United States driving the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz during qualifying for the F2 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Baku City Circuit on April 26, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

“During surgery, they (doctors) will save what can be saved and remove what needs to be removed in order to rebuild his right lower leg to the best possible condition.

“The surgeons are the top in their field and are cautiously optimistic given the fast-paced recovery that Juan Manuel has had in the previous week.”

Hubert died when his car was hit at speed by Correa’s after the French driver crashed into the barriers and returned to the track at Spa’s fast Raidillon corner during the Belgian Grand Prix support race on Aug. 31.

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Track marshals look on as a crane lift parts of the damaged car of Sauber’s Ecuadorian driver Juan Manuel Correa onto a truck following a serious accident involving several drivers during a Formula 2 race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa, Belgium, on Aug. 31, 2019. (REMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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The damaged car of BWT Arden’s French driver Anthoine Hubert following a serious accident involving several drivers during a Formula 2 race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa, Belgium on August 31, 2019 . (REMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images)

He was the first driver fatality at a Formula One race weekend since Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed at Imola in 1994.

Correa suffered a spinal injury and fractured his legs in the crash.

He was transferred from Belgium to a specialized intensive care unit in London this month and was moved to another hospital specializing in orthopedic surgeries earlier this week.

Anthoine Hubert

The Formula 1 racing organization has announced a minute’s silence ahead of the Sept. 1 Grand Prix in Belgium in memory of Hubert.

Hubert lost his life in the Aug. 31 Formula 2 race at Spa-Francorchamps, after being involved in a crash during the second lap of the race.

“The 22-year-old Frenchman, who was part of Renault’s driver academy, was involved in a multi-car incident at Turn 4,” said the Formula 1 official page. “He was taken to the medical center, but sadly succumbed to his injuries.”

A one-minute silence was held on the grid before Sunday morning’s F3 race, with the Formula 3 Twitter account posting a photo of drivers and crew members standing in honor of the deceased driver.

According to an announcement by Formula 2, Sunday morning’s F2 sprint race was canceled out of respect for the deceased driver, which the organization called “a fantastic driver who had a bright future ahead of him.”

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A man signs a remembrance board for Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert at the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix circuit in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium on Sept. 1, 2019. (Francisco Seco/AP Photo)
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Anthoine Hubert of France and BWT Arden celebrates after winning the sprint race of the F2 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 23, 2019 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

NTD News reporter Victor Westerkamp contributed to this report.

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