Juan Manuel Correa will make a full-time return to FIA Formula 2 (F2) in 2023 with Van Amersfoort Racing to complete its line-up.
Having made his racing return after a horrific injury in F3, Correa is back full-time racing in F2 in 2023 after having a brush with it in Abu Dhabi this year. He has had a long wait to make his racing return after getting injured in 2019 at Spa-Francorchamps.
He went through surgeries and long recovery process to make a full-time racing return in 2021 in F3 where he raced for the last two years with ART. He got the chance back in F2 in Abu Dhabi and will now compete for the full season in 2023 with Van Amersfoort.
“Being back full-time in Formula 2 means more to me than most people can imagine,” said Correa. “It is not just an achievement in itself to be on this grid, but it also is a realization of a goal that has been the epicenter of my efforts for the last three years, so it is a very emotional achievement.
“I am super grateful for the opportunity that Van Amersfoort Racing is giving me. I am very hungry, I am very motivated, and I know the team is as well. I am sure together we, the team and my teammate Richard, will make a great line-up and create a great working environment for everyone. We will be pushing each other to continuously improve, because we all want to do well this upcoming season.
“F2 is a competitive category, and I think Van Amersfoort Racing has done a really good job in their first year in the championship. With the little experience they had, they’ve put on a very impressive performance. I am looking forward to seeing how I can help the team improve and work together with them in this very exciting season!”
Team boss Rob Niessink added: “We are excited to have Juan Manuel on board for our second season in the FIA F2. We have had many drivers in the past, but I have to say that the level of commitment that Juan Manuel shows is simply incredible. Besides that, his experience is valuable and will help to further develop both driver and team into the championship.
“You can imagine we are very eager to start the season in F2 and with the driver line-up we have, our staff is extremely motivated to progress at a high pace. We are convinced that Juan Manuel and Richard will complement each other massively, both on- and off the track, which we see as a strong asset. For now, we make full use of the winter stop, allowing the drivers and crew to further connect and prepare for the season opener at Bahrain!”
2023 F2 line-up so far:
MP Motorsport – Dennis Hauger
Prema – Oliver Bearman, Frederik Vesti
Campos Racing – Ralph Boschung, Kush Maini
DAMS – Arthur Leclerc, Ayumu Iwasa
Trident – Clement Novalak
PHM Racing by Charouz – Roy Nissany, Brad Benavides
Virtuosi Racing – Jack Doohan, Amaury Cordeel
Van Amersfoort Racing – Richard Verschoor, Juan Manuel Correa