A Formula 3 race at the Macau Grand Prix was brought to a halt after German driver Sophia Floersch went flying through the air following a high-speed crash. Five people, including two drivers, a couple of photographers and a marshal were injured in the horrifying crash after Floersch’ car struck and cleared a perimeter fence. As per latest reports, Floersch sustained a spinal fracture after the accident.
Florsch of Van Amersfoort Racing lost control of her car after a collision into a wall after which her car became airborne before she hit fellow driver Sho Tsuboi at incredible speed. The result from the impact then launched her high into the air where she was catapulted into the debris fencing before her car smashed into a photographers bunker and landing back on its wheels. The terrifying footage can be watched below.
A crash in the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix has to be seen to be believed. Early reports suggest everyone involved survived. pic.twitter.com/jc4TXOdNn0
— Herald Sun Sport (@heraldsunsport) 18 November 2018
One of the drivers in the race, Guan Yu Zhou, who was behind Floersch said, “First of all it was such a scary moment. Sophia was really close to Jehan, so when Jehan braked early she had no time to react.” “She hit Jehan’s right-rear, and that spun her around straight into Lisboa, and she flew into the other car. I just hope she’s OK,” news.com.au quoted her as saying.
In a statement released FIA confirmed that Floersch was conscious while being transported to the hospital. “A serious incident has occurred on Lap 4 of the 2018 FIA F3 World Cup at Macau involving car #25 Sophia Florsch (GER),” the statement read. “Following evaluation by medical staff, the driver is conscious and has subsequently been taken to hospital for further evaluation.”
— PREMA (@PREMA_Team) 18 November 2018
Floersch is one of the quickly rising stars in the world of motorsports. She has also taken part in F4 race and made history in her debut when she became the first female to score points in an ADAC Formula 4 race.