The Formula 3 French Grand Prix weekend has just started but already has some surprises in store with Juan Manuel Correa returning to Sauber’s driver academy while Pierre Louis Chovet will drive for Campos at his home race.
The 2019 Belgian Grand Prix will forever remain one of the most painful moments in motorsport’s history with the tragic loss of Anthoine Hubert in an accident that also deprived Correa of the use of his legs for an entire year. At the time, the American was showing brilliant capacities in Formula 2 and was racing under Sauber’s colors, which is to this date still linked to Alfa Romeo’s Formula One team.
As Correa was forced away from the racing circuits, he was also dropped by his driver academy. In 2021, after a promising return in Formula 3 with ART, the 21-year-old was given a new opportunity to drive under the colors he used to display back in 2019.
“I am very excited to show the Academy’s branding on my car and my helmet already from this weekend in France and I am looking forward to helping the team whenever needed, be it in the sim or elsewhere,” Correa said.
“I am very grateful to ART and Sébastien Philippe, and of course to Fred Vasseur, for all the support he has given me, and to everyone else at Sauber, from Beat Zehnder to all those who have been absolutely amazing and so supportive since my accident and throughout my recovery. It’s an honor to be back with this team.”
“It’s very special to be back with the Sauber Academy. They’re the junior program of the team I was with in 2019, when I had my first and only F1 test, and it’s a great feeling to be working with them again.”
On the other side of the Formula 3 paddock, another happy announcement was made as Chovet, who was dropped by Jenzer a few days ago due to the withdrawal of one of his main sponsors will be allowed to drive with Campos at his home race. The Frenchman will replace Laszlo Toth who was tested positive for Covid 19. We wish Toth a quick recovery and the best of luck to Chovet.