Teenage driver Sophia Floersch survives dramatic airborne crash in Formula 3 race


Teenage Formula 3 racer Sophia Floersch has come through surgery without complications following the horrifying high-speed crash which left her with a fractured spine at the weekend.

Asked if Florsch will return to racing, van Amersfoort told the BBC, "I'm quite sure that Sophia will - after some time of course".

He later stated that the German is recovering well after bone from her hip was used to fix one of her vertebrae in an operation which took nearly 10 hours.

The Macau Grand Prix Organising Committee's chief medical officer Dr Chan Wai-sin said Floersch was conscious and that her vital signs were stable when she was transferred to hospital.

That caused her to lose control of her own vehicle, which spun out of control towards the right-hander.

Fears loomed she could be paralysed in the horrific accident - but it appears doctors have saved the teen driver. Floersch's vehicle was launched over Tsuboi's, over the barrier and catch fencing at an estimated 172mph, landing in an area occupied by track marshals and photographers. "We were lucky that she was flying because she went over a barrier".

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Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into Surgery tomorow morning.

"Thanks to everybody for the supporting messages".

Floersch was in surgery for seven hours on Monday and the boss of her Van Amersfoort Racing team, Frits van Amersfoort, said the process went well. Two photographers and a race official were injured, but none seriously. The marshal suffered a broken jaw and a second individual had abdominal pain from a lacerated liver, according to medical reports the Macau GP sent to AFP.

President of the governing International Automobile Federation Jean Todt promised a full investigation to find out what happened in the crash.

He said: "I don't think I've ever seen anything like this".

The race was immediately red flagged, but restarted after an hour. Crashes are frequent at the Macau Grand Prix which this year, in its 65th edition, hosted six vehicle and motorcycle races on the 6.2-km Guia Circuit around the streets of the island.