A 21-year-old American driver challenges his first competitive motorsport session since surviving the tragic multi-car Formula 2 crash at the 2019 spa that killed Anthoine Hubert. I chanted it.
The two-day test at the Red Bull Ring was an important milestone for Corea, who has come a long way in recovery. Correa has performed more than 20 surgeries on her feet while being held in a wheelchair for over a year.
Prior to the test, Corea enjoyed going out in an F3 car at Paul Ricard, but this latest test allowed him to measure himself against 29 F3 rivals this year. It was my first time.
The ART Grand Prix driver was impressed by the fact that he posted enough laps to finish 18th in a total of two days. The full pacesetter Caio Collet is shy for just 0.5 seconds. In the Sunday morning session, Corea was only three-tenths off pace.
The performance gives him confidence that he will be competitive this season and more pace will come as his recovery continues.
“The F3 era is very tight,” said Correa.
“The final day ended in the 18th time, a combination of two days. I’m very happy with my first record, with a record of 1.19.189 seconds to 0.587, which was the highest two-day record that Colette achieved. A shot of contact with the car I plan to drive this year, and for another it leaves me that taste that it might have been better.
“Brake is where I lose a lot of time and it has to make me happy because we know where to improve.
“It’s a matter of pressure when braking. I have to put more effort into it, but it comes from the recovery I’m doing.
“If I was wasting my time driving, it would have been different, but in that respect I’m the same as when I left it, and I think it gives me a lot of confidence.
“Today I know Colette has broken his F3 track record, has no braking problems and is fighting for the top position. That is very important to my morale.
“I was confident that I could drive at the highest level, but I’m very happy because I can’t see the reality until I get inside the car and I think the team can get to the highest level.
“In fact, the three drivers on the team [Frederik] Vesti, [Alexandr] Smolyar and I are three tenths apart, making us one of the strongest teams in the championship. “
Looking back at the test, Corea says the strong show gave him more desire to reach his ultimate goal of advancing to Formula 1.
Despite those high goals, he remains cautious and admits that being able to fight for this year’s F3 title is a blessing.
“The ability to compete for the title in F3 is the biggest thing that has happened to me,” he added.
“I am very happy and want to continue preparing to reach my goals.
“Who knows if I’m definitely in F1 and can dedicate some good performances to Antoine and a podium or victory is like a joint victory that I’m exhausted and fighting.
“I know it’s a long way to go, but I’ve resumed my driver career with these tests.”
Corea’s F3 comeback will continue its two-day pre-season test at the Catalunya circuit on April 21-22, ahead of the opening round of the F1 Spanish Grand Prix on May 7-9.
Corea is confident in competing for the top spot in F3 comeback
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