F2 racer Correa 'improving slightly' in hospital

Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa’s condition is reported to have improved slightly as he continues to receive treatment in hospital following his huge accident at Spa-Francorchamps two weeks ago.

The huge collision claimed the life of fellow F2 star Anthoine Hubert and left Correa with severe injuries.

The 20-year-old Ecuadorian-American been hospitalised ever since, and was subsequently transferred from Liege in Belgium to intensive care in a London hospital after suffering acute respiratory failure.

A new medical update from the family of the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz driver says that he remains in an induced coma but that he has shown some sighs of improvement in the last few days.

“Our son, Juan Manuel, remains in the Intensive Care Unit at a hospital in London, England, with my wife and I at his side,” said the statement issued on behalf of the Correa family on Friday.

“We have good days and bad days as well as long nights and short nights but with the support of the motorsports community, our friends, family, country and fans, we continue to pray for Juan Manuel.

“Juan Manuel remains in a state of induced coma with paralysis in order for his lungs to get as much rest as possible,” the statement continued.

“Continuing to be assisted by an ECMO machine, many of the key vital indicators have improved slightly while others have deteriorated very little.

“We have been reminded by the doctors that as long as Juan Manuel continues in an upward trend of improvement, even if very little, it is all that we can ask for at the moment.

“Infections are under control and respiratory indicators remain stable and all vital signs continue to remain consistent and stable.

“We believe in our son’s strength and determination,” the update added. “We see the minor improvement as an indication of him starting to turn the tide in his favour. We just need him to do it a little quicker.

“Doctors continue to monitor and change the bandages when necessary and confirm that the fractures are multiple and severe.

“Additional surgeries will be required once Juan Manuel’s lungs improve to a state that it is safe for doctors to proceed.”

The family also said that it wishes to thank fans for their support and best wishes that they had sent for his continued recovery.

“We would like to thank each and every person that has called, text, sent emails and reached out on social media,” they said.

“We have received and read or continue to read and show all the messages to Juan Manuel

“Your messages help him to fight and never give up. This will be the biggest single motivator for Juan Manuel when he regains consciousness.

“We invite fans and friends to continue to send supportive messages via social media or to [email protected].

“Again, thank you for your support.”

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Correa Moved to UK As Recovery Continues

American-Ecuadorian Formula Two racer Juan Manuel Correa is being moved to intensive care in Britain after being injured in an accident that killed French driver Anthoine Hubert at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium last weekend.

The 20-year-old suffered a spinal injury and fractures to his legs in Saturday’s horrific crash during the support race for the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.

“Juan Manuel Correa will be transferred today (to) a specialised ICU located in the United Kingdom,” a statement issued by his media team said on Tuesday.

“He will continue his recovery process in the care of a specialist team of physicians.”

Correa, a development driver for the Alfa Romeo Formula One team and grandson of former Ecuadorian president Rodrigo Borja, underwent more than four hours of surgery in Liege after the accident. He remains in a stable condition.


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Ferrucci: I send my sincerest apologies for my actions

Disgraced Haas reserve Santino Ferrucci apologised for taunting and driving into Trident teammate Arjun Maini claiming that anger and frustration got the better of his emotions on the ‘cooling down’ lap after the Formula 2 Sprint race at Silverstone.

The American driver made contact and forced Maini off track after the race, on a weekend in which he was slapped with €66,000 in fines for his shenanigans, including driving his car in the support paddock wearing one glove and clutching a mobile phone!

In the wake of his dark weekend, Ferrucci admitted that he erred in his ways, “I want to send my sincerest apologies for my actions on Sunday at the FIA F2 race at Silverstone Circuit.”

“I used extremely poor judgement at the conclusion of the race getting far too close to my teammate Arjun Maini and swerved away only to graze his tire, very fortunately causing no damage or issue to his car.”

“There was no intent, premeditation or any type of retaliation by my actions, only anger and frustration as this has been a horrific year. I have no excuse other than the fact I am a 20-year-old Italian American with a deep passion for motorsport, which is a very emotional sport.”

“While there has been much provocation leading to my mental lapse, it is still not an excuse and I will make sure that this does not happen again. I realize I have embarrassed many people and I apologize to my Sponsors, Trident, my fellow drivers, Haas F1, FIA, FIA F2, my fans, friends and family,” added Ferrucci.

The Haas F1 team have yet to comment with regards to their young driver’s behaviour at Silverstone.


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Reckless Haas junior gets four-race ban for hitting teammate!

Hours before tempers flared between F1’s front-runners, things got out of hand in the junior ranks when Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci lost his cool in F2 and earned himself a four-race ban.

In Sunday morning’s sprint race, Ferrucci forced at one point his Trident team mate Arjun Maini off the road. But for some odd reason, the young American driver failed to rest his case after the chequered flag and deliberately hit the right-rear of Maini’s car on the cool-down lap!

Ferrucci’s reckless attitude and maneuver, the details of which were all caught on camera, did not impress the Silverstone stewards who duly processed the case and handed the Haas junior a four-race ban for deliberately crashing into his team mate.

But wait, there’s more!

Ferrucci was also fined 66,000 euros for refusing to attend the stewards’ hearings and for driving the car with a mobile phone in his hand!

Apparently, the American was seen driving from the support paddock to the pitlane “wearing just one glove and holding a phone in his hand”, a state of affairs that “violated both the technical and sporting regulations for incorrect driver safety equipment and the prohibition of wireless transmission devices within the car.”

Obviously, Ferrucci also had his name deleted from Sunday’s F2 race results.

His Trident team took to Twitter to apologize for its driver’s “unsportsmanlike and above all uncivilized behaviour”.

“The contractual implications of what has happened will be dealt with by our lawyers. Never in these 12 years of sporting activity has anything even close to this ever occurred,” added the message.

Suffice to say, Ferrucci’s F1 development role with Haas will also likely hit the skids…

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F2 Silverstone: Ferrucci banned for ramming teammate

CIRCUIT PAUL RICARD, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Santino Ferrucci (USA, Trident) during the Paul Ricard at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 21, 2018 in Circuit Paul Ricard, France. (Photo by Joe Portlock / LAT Images)

Formula 2 driver Santino Ferrucci was fined and banned for four races on Sunday for crashing into his Trident teammate Arjun Maini, driving the car with a mobile phone in his hand and refusing to attend stewards’ hearings.

Stewards fined the 20-year-old American, who is a development driver for the U.S.-owned Haas Formula 1 team, 66,000 euros (£58,216.05) and disqualified him from Sunday’s race at Silverstone.

He was banned from the next two rounds in Hungary and Belgium, four races in all.

Formula 2 is an acknowledged feeder series for Formula 1, with races run after Saturday qualifying and before Sunday’s grand prix.

Race organisers said Ferrucci had deliberately driven into the rear of Maini’s car on the cooldown lap. He also forced Maini off the road during the race.

Maini said over the radio “there is something wrong with my team-mates brain.”

Ferrucci then replied to Maini on tweet: “The one crying on the radio. I just did my drugs test so I’m all clear ;)”.

The stewards at Silverstone heard testimony from the Trident team that Ferrucci driving into Maini was premeditated.

Trident responded on Twitter stating: “Trident intends to show their solidarity and support to @ArjunMaini_ and his family, for the unsportsmanlike and above all uncivilized behaviour that he was forced to endure not only during this last weekend by Santino Ferrucci and father, who accompanied him.

“The contractual implications of what has happened will be dealt with by our lawyers. Never in these 12 years of sporting activity has anything even close to this ever occurred. We apologize for the show that we have regretfully offered.”


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