Correa still in ICU, has 'improved slightly' - family statement

Juan Manuel Correa is in intensive care in the United Kingdom following the incident at Spa last weekend. EPA/Sergio Barrenechea

The family of American driver Juan Manuel Correa, who was seriously injured in the F2 crash which claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert, say he is showing small signs of improvement but remains in intensive care.

Correa collided head-on with Hubert during an F2 race at Spa-Francorchamps on August 31. Hubert was pronounced dead several hours later, while Correa was sent to a Liege hospital for surgery on leg fractures and a minor spinal injury.

He was transferred to London last week, where he was placed in an induced coma. The family's last statement stated that complications had arisen and that Correa had fallen into a state of Acute Respiratory Failure, a injury considered common in high-impact incidents.

The family has released a further update on Correa's condition.

The statement said: "Our son, Juan Manuel, remains in the Intensive Care Unit at a hospital in London, England with my wife and I at his side. 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. 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, we see the minor improvement as an indication of him starting to turn the tide in his favor, 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.

"We would like to thank each and every person that has called, text, sent emails and reached out on social media. 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 Info@JMCorrea.com. Again, thank you for your support."

Corrrea was born in Ecuador, but moved to Miami when he was 10. Ahead of this season, he was named development driver for the Alfa Romeo F1 team and carried out a test at the Paul Ricard circuit in August.