Motor racing: Correa stable after surgery following Spa F2 crash that killed Hubert

The car wreck of Juan Manuel Correa being removed during the Formula 2 race at the Spa-Francorchamps race track in Stavelot, Belgium, on Aug 31, 2019.
The car wreck of Juan Manuel Correa being removed during the Formula 2 race at the Spa-Francorchamps race track in Stavelot, Belgium, on Aug 31, 2019.PHOTO: EPA - EFE

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM (REUTERS) - Formula Two racer Juan Manuel Correa, injured in the high-speed crash that claimed the life of Frenchman Anthoine Hubert in the opening race of the series' Belgian round on Saturday (Aug 31), has undergone surgery and is stable, according to a statement on his website.

The 20-year-old American-Ecuadorian suffered fractures to both his legs and a minor spinal injury and is recovering in intensive care.

"At the current moment, Juan Manuel Correa's condition is stable," the statement read.

"He was taken by helicopter to a hospital where he underwent surgery.

"Juan Manuel remained conscious the entire time until his admission to the operating room."

Meanwhile, Formula One will hold a minute's silence ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix in memory of Hubert. It will be observed at 2.53pm (8.53pm Singapore time) on the grid before the race gets under way at 3.10pm, according to an official schedule.

A video paying tribute to the Frenchman will also be played on screens around the circuit.

The supporting Formula Three series, which shares the same paddock with Formula Two, will also hold a minute's silence before the start of its second race.

The accident took place on the second lap of the Formula Two race at the exit of the Spa-Francorchamps track's fast Raidillon corner.

Correa, unable to avoid Hubert after the Frenchman had already gone off into barriers, collided with his car at high speed.

Hubert succumbed to his injuries and Correa was taken to the CHU Liege hospital. Motor sport's governing body FIA has begun an investigation into the accident.

The race was initially suspended before being called off.

The series has also cancelled its second race of the weekend, scheduled to take place before the Formula One Grand Prix.

Hubert's death is the first driver fatality at a Formula One race weekend since Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed at Imola in 1994.

Jules Bianchi, who suffered serious head injuries at the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014, succumbed to his injuries in July the following year.

"While you keep Juan Manuel in your thoughts and prayers, please also pray for the well-being of Anthoine Hubert's friends and family," said the statement on Correa's website.

"In motor sports, we are a family, and we lost one of our family members today."