Floersch crash prompts FIA investigation

Sherman Parsons
November 20, 2018

Sophia Floersch, 17, was involved in a frightening crash at the Macau Grand Prix and is due to undergo surgery on a back injury on Monday.

German teenage driver Sophia Floersch has fractured her spine in a high-speed crash during a Formula 3 race in Macau but said from hospital she was "fine". "Following evaluation by medical staff, the driver is conscious and has subsequently been taken to hospital for further evaluation".

The 17-year-old slid out of control on the outside of track limits and appeared to be vaulted into the air as she passed back over kerbs, hitting Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi before slamming into the temporary structure that housed photographers and marshals. Two photographers at the corner were also taken to hospital - Chan Weng Wang sustained a liver laceration and is being observed, while Hiroyuki Minami suffered a concussion.

"Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow morning", she tweeted.

She added: "Thanks to everybody for the supporting messages".

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Jean Todt, president of the International Motoring Federation (FIA), said the ruling body would investigate the crash. "We will monitor the situation and make the necessary conclusions".

A total of eight drivers all failed to finish thanks to several crashes throughout the race, but it was the horrific crash of Floersch that captured everyone's attention. "Surviving that is really incredible". "This was surely one of the worst [crashes] I ever saw".

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.

Nineteen-year-old Briton Dan Ticktum of Red Bull Junior Team won the race on the fabled Macau street circuit, which has been graced by F1 greats such as Schumacher senior and Ayrton Senna.

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