Sauber Junior Team by Charouz’s Juan Manuel Correa has been removed from induced coma as his status has been changed to being ‘serious’.

After two weeks of being in induced coma, F2 racer Correa has been taken out of it while remaining in the intensive care unit of a London hospital. His status has changed to ‘serious’ from being ‘critical’.

The doctors will now find a suitable time to operate on his leg injuries which has been pending until his lungs got better. He is conscious but not fully away, following the horrific crash at Spa-Francorchamps.

The latest statement from the family read as:

“As of today, Juan Manuel Correa has been removed from the ECMO machine, life support and taken out of induced coma. While this is great news and a major step in the right direction, he is still in a race against time.

“Juan Manuel is conscious, but not fully yet awake. Doctors report that this will take a few days due to being in induced coma for more than two weeks. They have also stated that Juan Manuel is fragile and still vulnerable medically speaking and that he remains in the Intensive Care Unit.

“His condition has been upgraded from critical to serious. The medical priority for Juan Manuel now shifts from the lungs to the leg injuries that were sustained more than two weeks ago and have not been addressed since the initial emergency intervention the day of the incident.

“Doctors are in a race against time to perform a pending major surgery in order to minimize risk of irreversible injuries to his right lower extremity but can’t proceed until lungs are ready to withstand a lengthy operation. Additional details will be provided on Juan Manuel’s condition when available.