Juan Manuel Correa says he feels encouraged by the comeback Formula 3 test, but that he still “feels pain” as he prepared for a full-time season.
The American driver will make a return to full-time racing in 2021 with the FIA Formula 3 season, after more than a year out of the sport due to a tragic Formula 1 accident at Spa in 2019 that claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert.
Correa admitted he’s in pain every day due to “irreversible damage,” but still he is back at the cockpit of a Formula 3 car as he prepares for a full-time season with ART Grand Prix.
“The test went well. Physically I still have to work a bit on the preparation, especially for the leg muscles because I felt some pain, but I was surprised to be able to push on the gas completely and without any changes to the car. That was the thing that worried me the most,” Correa told Motorsport.com.
“Coming back after a year and half has been challenging.
“It will be a season of great challenges, but I chose to race in Formula 3 precisely because the championship will start in May and I will have the chance to be physically ready for the first round.
“I want to be competitive, I’m not interested in running in the back for the first half of the season.
“Obviously it will be a transition year because I will also have to continue my rehabilitation to improve my quality of life and I hope to be able to walk soon without the assistance of crutches,” he concluded on the matter.
Correa said this season will serve as a preparation for the next one, but that he doesn’t rule out coming back to Formula 2 if possible.