German race driver survives spectacular crash in Macau

Glen Mclaughlin
November 19, 2018

Incredibly, Sophia's racing team said she was conscious and stable, but had suffered a spinal fracture.

She later took to Twitter and thanked everyone for their support.

Japanese driver Tsuboi was taken to hospital with back pain, while race organisers said two photographers and a marshal were also taken to hospital.

Renault driver Huelkenberg said: "Just saw the disgusting pictures from Macau.my thoughts are with @SophiaFloersch and the other people involved".

German driver Sophia Florsch's auto went through debris fencing and crashed into a photographers' stand before landing back on its wheels.

Two photographers and a race marshal were also transferred to hospital, their status is not known. She is now in hospital receiving treatment.

Floersch reportedly lost control in contact down a straightaway as she sped towards the tight right hand corner launched off a curb bounced off Tsuboi's car and sailed like a missile into the safety netting

Having been quickly attended to by medical crews, the FIA confirmed that the 17-year-old German was conscious when extracted from her vehicle and transferred to hospital, and she has since tweeted that she is "fine" but will have surgery tomorrow on a suspected spinal fracture.

The race was eventually re-started an hour later with British driver Dan Ticktum defending his title. Fans and members of the Formula 3 community have offered their best wishes for the racing teen during her recovery.

Three others were taken to the hospital along with Sophia Floersch.

The video of the crash was just plain terrifying. "I hope she's really doing well but I've heard that she's fine, which is great". "Then we'll see how the final will run, but I think everything is possible here".

She was the first woman from Germany to compete in the event.

"All the talk about me getting in an F1 auto, I think that if I keep performing well then I'll have a chance of a test".

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