JM on 2022 and His Goals for the Future

August 23rd, 2022 by

Step One Automotive Group athlete and ambassador Juan Manuel Correa reflects on his 2022 Formula 3 campaign so far and looks ahead to the final three race weekends of the season.

Q: What has been your highlight of the season so far?
“The Formula 3 Feature Race in Budapest. It was a crazy race and definitely the most fun one to drive in so far this year. I was starting quite far down the field, and in the wet, I knew that we would have to take some risks. When the track was drying, I made the call to pit onto slick tires, risked it all, and it paid off. I think I overtook something like 20 cars in the final 10 laps, and I managed to score some good points to salvage a weekend that had been tough up until that point.”

Q: Looking back, what has been your key learning from the first half of 2022?
“I think the first half has been tough, especially after fracturing my foot in the first weekend. It really put a pause on my momentum, and it stopped what I was hoping would be a championship run. Getting back into a competitive position since my return has been key learning, and right now, I feel like my confidence is in a good place. My preparations have been good, my workflow with the team is improving, and overall, I feel like I’m driving at a very high level. We just need to focus on pulling
everything together, and despite this season being quite tough, the potential has always been there, and there are still positives to take.”

Q: What are your goals for the second half of the season?
“My expectations and goals are to put everything from the first half together. I want to use all of our potential to have three clean race weekends where we can show our true pace. If we can do that, I think we should be able to win at least one race and score a few more podiums. If we can put it together, the results will follow.”

Q: Which race are you most looking forward to?
“Zandvoort in the Netherlands. When we raced there last year, the track was super technical, and it was probably the most challenging race event I have done in a while. Because I know the track already, and after having a better preparation, I’m excited to see how it will be racing there again. The atmosphere is also crazy, so it should be a cool weekend.”