At the Formula 3 World Championship in Macau (China), German junior driver Sophia Flörsch hit hard. At the narrowest point of the city's circuit, the only 17-year-old left the lane and crossed the safety fence almost uncontrollably.
Racing driver Sophia Flörsch. (Picture: Keystone / Britta Pedersen)
The race was immediately interrupted, Flörsch immediately brought to a hospital. "Sophia is on her way to the hospital. She is approachable and not lethally injured," explains the head of her team, Frits van Amersfoort, visibly shocked.
As "Focus" writes, Flörsch suffered a fractured spine. The 17-year-old girl has no signs of paralysis, her father told the German news agency.
Now Flörsch also spoke. "I'm fine, but I'm going to have surgery tomorrow," she writes on Twitter.
I just wanted everyone to know that I'm going to surgery tomorrow morning. Thanks to @fia and @hwaag_official MercedesAMGF1 who are taking great care of me.
Thank you all for the messages of support.
Please update soon.
– Sophia Floersch (@SophiaFloersch) November 18, 2018
In addition to Flörsch, seven others were injured – including two photographers and a cameraman, who were directly at the crash site.
Michael Schumacher's son, Mick, witnessed the accident. "I hope everyone is okay."