Teenage driver Sophia Floersch undergoes 7-hour spinal surgery after horror crash

Simon Moss
November 20, 2018

This year, German female racing driver Sophia Floersch endured a horrific crash that led to the F3 race being red flagged.

Global motorsports chief Jean Todt has promised the governing FIA will investigate Sunday's horrific aerial crash at the Macau Formula Three Grand Prix which left 17-year-old German driver Sophia Floersch with a spinal fracture.

Before she lost control and reached the brake area of the tight corner, the teenage driver was reportedly traveling 276.2 km/h.

Floersch suffered a spinal fracture, according to a medical report released by her team Van Amersfoot Racing.

Unfortunately the result of the crash ended with five people in total being taken to hospital with two drivers, two photographers and one track marshal.

"She was admitted for surgery at 10am (0200 GMT) and it is still ongoing", AFP reported based on comments from Macau's health authority.

Florsch subsequently wrote on Twitter that she was "fine" and set for surgery the following morning.

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"Thanks to the FIA, HWA AG Official and Mercedes AMG who are taking great care of me".

The FIA said in a Facebook post that the other driver, Sho Tsuboi, of Japan, was hospitalized for "further evaluation" after suffering back pain.

As seen in a video filmed by a spectator, just ahead of a sharp right-hand turn, Sophia Floersch's vehicle shot like a rocket over the track's barrier, smashing through a protective fence and coming down on top of a photographer's bunker.

Meanwhile, Frits van Amersfoort, owner of Van Amersfoort Racing, said: "We were thinking the worst".

The marshal suffered a broken jaw, while one other person was understood to have a lacerated liver.

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

"Luckily enough winter is now beginning so she will have time to recover and I am quite sure that she will be back". She previously competed in Formula 4 and the Ginetta Junior Championship.

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