The family of Juan Manuel Correa – the driver seriously injured in the Formula Two crash that killed Anthoine Hubert – have issued a statement on his condition.
The 20-year-old American underwent emergency surgery in Liege, Belgium following last weekend's tragedy at Spa-Francorchamps.
Correa broke both his legs and suffered a spinal injury in the fatal crash – but it appears his condition has deteriorated after he was transferred to a specialist unit in London.
Upon arrival in the UK, the racer was diagnosed with ‘Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome’ and has been placed in an induced coma.
The statement, released on behalf of parents Juan Carlos and Maria Correa, read: “First of all, on behalf of our son we wish to thank everyone within and outside the motorsports community for the wonderful and caring get well wishes that we have received, as well as messages for a speedy recovery.
"We are confident that Juan Manuel will review them all himself once he is back in charge of his social media accounts.
“Honoring our son’s straight-to-the-point and honesty that characterises him, we wish to update you on the status of his injuries and physical condition.
"As time has progressed, new complications have surfaced as a consequence of the massive impact he suffered Saturday in Belgium.
"On his arrival to London, Juan Manuel was diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. This is an injury considered common in high impact accidents such as this one.
“Unfortunately, this injury resulted in Juan Manuel falling into Acute Respiratory Failure. Juan Manuel is currently in an Intensive Care Unit that specializes in respiratory injuries.
"At this point of time he is an in induced state of unconsciousness and under ECMO support. Juan Manuel is in critical but stable condition.
"We are confident that our son will surprise us like he always does with his tremendous fighting will and strength and will recover completely.
“At this time, we kindly request that our privacy and space be respected. As a family, we need to pull together and be 100% there for Juan Manuel.
“Maria and I wish to take this opportunity to give our condolences to the Hubert family for their loss. Our hearts are broken, and we can only imagine the pain this loss has brought them.”
Formula One returns to action this weekend in Italy, still recovering from Hubert's death following his 160mph crash in F2 – which acts as the feeder series to F1.
The tragedy is being investigated by the FIA.
Hubert, 22, raced for British team Arden in the F2 championship. He lost control of his car on the exit of the notorious uphill Eau Rouge corner before slamming into the far-side barrier.
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