German teenager fractures spine in horror F3 crash

German teenager fractures spine in horror F3 crash

Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch fractured her spine in a horrific crash during the Macau Grand Prix.

British rider Daniel Hegarty died a year ago after hitting a barrier at Fishermen's Bend during the Macau Grand Prix's feature motorcycle race.

She became airborne after colliding with a auto driven by Sho Tsuboi, a Japanese rival, and flew over barriers before hitting a photographers' bunker.

She hit the back of Jehan Daruvala and catapulted out of the track and into the photographers' bunker.

Floersch's auto crashed into that of Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi, who was also assessed by officials and taken to hospital after reporting back pain.

"A serious incident has occurred on Lap 4 of the 2018 FIA F3 World Cup at Macau involving vehicle #25 Sophia Flörsch (GER)", the statement read.

'All were conscious during transit to the hospital and are now receiving medical treatment.

Florsch, who has links with Mercedes AMG F1's young driver program, tweeted an update to her followers saying that she was "fine" despite the heavy impact.

Floersch's auto reportedly landed in an area populated by photographers and race officials. Florsch later tweeted that she is "fine" but will have an operation on Monday morning.

"Thanks to everybody for the Supporting messages", she wrote.

Japanese photographer Minami Hiroyuki had a concussion, the medical reports said, while local photographer Chan Weng-wang had upper abdomen pain caused by a liver laceration.

Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum won the restarted Formula 3 race.

Floersch is only 17 and thankfully survived the crash. "Then we'll see how the final will run, but I think everything is possible here".

Ferrari driver Guan Yu Zhou was in the auto behind Ms Floersch just before the chilling accident. "I wish you all a safe recovery".

The video of the crash was just plain terrifying.

"It took quite a long time before the race control could say anything about the health of Sophia - everyone can imagine that's not a nice thing to have".

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