Monday , April 19 2021

New crash at Macau circuit: 5 injured, including a 17-year-old driver

Hong Kong – The new scare on Sunday at the Macau Grand Prix has been mourned several times: a 17-year-old German rider lost control of his car that flew away, an accident in which four others were injured.

Launched at more than 200 km / h on a right-angle turn, Sophia Flörsch's Dallara-Mercedes hit a competitor, took off on the safety net and smashed a photographer from the cabin before falling into an area where marshals .

"I wanted to point out to everyone that I was well and that I had surgery tomorrow morning. Thanks for your support messages"tweeted a few hours after the horrific crash of German Van Amersfoort Racing, which started Formula 3 this year.

The pilot suffers from a "fracture of the spine", his state of health is"stable"according to a medical report from his team.

A miracle in view of terrifying images, filmed by the many spectators installed at the turn of Lisbon, the closest and well known circuit of Guia. From the podium, the videos show the car flying at full speed, while the pilot lost control in the straight line.

– Three deaths in the past –

The other four injured were admitted "consciousin the hospital, according to the International Automobile Federation (FIA). This is the other driver involved in the accident, Sho Tsuboi, as well as two photographers and a track marshal, who has a fracture of the jaw.

"I hope everyone is well after this accident, I wish them all the best."said European champion F3 Mick Schumacher, son of Formula 1 legend Michael, according to the South China Morning Post.

Interrupted almost an hour after the crash, the race resumed and British Red Bull's 19-year-old Dan Ticktum won the Grand Prix, in which big names like Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna illustrated.

The Macau Grand Prix has suffered three fatal crashes in recent years.

In November 2017, British driver Daniel Hegarty died in an accident after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing violently into a barrier in the circuit.

In 2012, a motorcycle rider, the Portuguese Luis Carreira, and a car driver, Phillip Yau of Hong Kong, died in accidents during the qualifying of their respective events.

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