Teen driver fine after fracturing spine in Macau GP crash

Randy Kelley
November 20, 2018

Sophia Floersch had an "angel on her shoulder", her team principal said after she somehow survived a awful crash in a FIA Formula three grand prix on Sunday.

Running 16th, she lost control in a contact down the straight, launched off a kerb and bounced off Tsuboi's TOM's Racing auto.

Incredibly, Sophia's racing team said she was conscious and stable, but had suffered a spinal fracture. She broke the seventh cervical vertebra, confirmed Floersch's father to Motorsport-Magazin.com.

Germany's Mick Schumacher, the son of Formula One great Michael Schumacher, who took part in the race, tweeted: "Our thought are with Sophia Floersch and the others injured, we hope for the best #StayStrongSophia".

She took to Twitter to provide everyone on her condition and thank everyone for their support.

Floersch is only 17 and thankfully survived the crash.

The Macau Grand Prix Organising Committee said: "All were conscious during transit to the hospital and are now receiving medical treatment".

The auto hit an area populated with photographers and race marshals, and four others were sent to hospital with Floersch.

"Sophia was really close to Jehan, so when Jehan braked early, she had no time to react". Two drivers, Floersch and Sho Tusboi were injured along with two photographers and a track marshal.

She sent out a Tweet saying that she's "fine" and headed in for surgery. Photographer Minami Hiroyuki is suffering from a concussion, and marshal Chan Cha In has a broken jaw and facial lacerations.

Team principal Frits van Amersfoort told Autosport: "We have to thank the angels she had with her today and for the fantastic strength of the Dallara auto". "Then we'll see how the final will run, but I think everything is possible here". "In the final race a lot of variables were thrown at me but I handled them". She previously competed in Formula 4 and the Ginetta Junior Championship.

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