F3 extra probably than F2 and IndyCar in 2022 for Correa
Juan Manuel Correa says he’s extra prone to keep in Formulation 3 for an additional season subsequent yr than step as much as Formulation 2, and doesn’t really feel prepared to achieve IndyCar.
The American-Ecuadorian suffered life-threatening accidents within the F2 incident that claimed the lifetime of Anthoine Hubert at Spa-Francorchamps in 2019, however returned to race in F3 this yr, scoring factors on 5 events. Whereas his authentic plan was to step as much as the Formulation 1 feeder sequence once more in 2022, he says his outlook has modified as he continues his restoration.
“Initially my ideas could be positively I used to be going as much as F2,” Correa advised RACER. “It’s nonetheless a chance, however wanting on the choices of groups we’ve got for subsequent yr in F2, we’ve got began additionally to think about perhaps doing one other yr in F3 with a high crew — presumably staying with ART — and making an attempt to struggle for the championship.
“As a result of I’ve already been within the scenario in 2019 after I was in a midfield crew in F2 and you may nonetheless get numerous positives from that, you may be taught loads, however I’m actually wanting extra now at outcomes and beginning to get Tremendous License factors, end in excessive positions within the championship. And with the groups out there subsequent yr in F2 that’s probably not going to be doable.
“We’re positively contemplating doing one other F3 yr, even when that wasn’t in our plan, and attempt to struggle for the championship and go into F2 the yr after, straight right into a high crew. So we’re engaged on that. This time of the yr could be very busy in that sense — numerous conferences, contracts going round… Discovering the price range is an enormous factor as properly and that’s one thing we’re contemplating. Going to F2, spending twice the quantity to be in a midfield crew, or spending half the cash being in a high crew in F3, you realize it’s belongings you take into accounts.
“Additionally the sponsors generally would reasonably have you ever successful races in F3 than being tenth in F2. So we’re taking all of it into consideration however nothing is certain in the mean time. I’ll do the F3 post-season take a look at, and sure the F2 post-season take a look at as properly, and one factor that’s for certain is I must do kilometers.
“I’m nonetheless not at 100%, I’m not absolutely, absolutely again, and I feel that’s only a matter of doing extra kilometers, having correct testing and carry on constructing the arrogance and my feeling with the automobile.”
Whereas F3 and F2 exams are within the pipeline, Correa says explorations into IndyCar are a bit untimely given the place he feels he’s in his progress since returning.
“I’d be mendacity if I advised you we hadn’t appeared on the USA. It’s an enormous market, large alternatives and actually cool classes. You have got IndyCar, IMSA, you’ve gotten sports activities vehicles — I’d say the in all probability the one factor I haven’t checked out but is NASCAR however who is aware of in a couple of years!
“So we’re taking a look at it, however to be truthful I don’t suppose I’m prepared to enter IndyCar subsequent yr. I really feel like I nonetheless want yet another yr to proceed the progress of getting again. That doesn’t imply I’m not anticipating to get outcomes from the start of the yr nevertheless it’s nonetheless an ongoing work.
“IndyCar is likely one of the best classes on the planet — you’ve gotten numerous high skilled drivers, and I don’t really feel able to go there and win races. I really feel I nonetheless want one or two extra years in Europe, and in addition I feel Europe is proving to be in all probability the perfect faculty for younger drivers.
“F3 in my view might be probably the most aggressive class on the market in the mean time within the junior sequence; F2 might be the largest studying class to then go skilled, and I’m already on this world. I’ve alternatives right here and I wish to exploit that for a couple of extra years.”