Before we begin here, we preface: Somehow in all of this, no one was killed. Unfathomable as it may seem, no one died in this utter chaos, which renders this whole situation nothing short of miraculous.
A 17-year-old Formula 3 driver is absurdly lucky to be alive and (relatively) ok after a horrifying mid-race crash in Macau.
German teen Sophia Floersch, a member of the Van Amersfoot racing team, lost control of her vehicle while heading into the infamous Lisboa corner during yesterday’s Macau F3 Grand Prix, crashing into a fellow driver’s car which sent her own vehicle airborne, hurtling over safety barricades and into a press photography pit.
The incident occurred at a section of the track heavily populated by spectators, and multiple angles of the horrifying crash were captured by punters in the stands, with footage subsequently uploaded to social media.
Again, we stress: No one died as a result of this incident.
Medical report of Sophia Floersch saying she is conscious, vital signs stable, back pain and spinal fracture without specifying at which level.
This is her crash from the tribune: literally a bullet fired into tribune.
Warning graphics#MacauGP https://t.co/NlFa0O1IDy
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) November 18, 2018
Sophia Floersch is alive. Terrible crash 😳 pic.twitter.com/c3Zq7Nu4Bp
— Retrowave Touch (@retrowavetouch) November 18, 2018
Floersch, remarkably, was conscious after the crash and was attended to by race officials and medical personnel. She was transported to a nearby hospital suffering a suspected spinal fracture. She even managed to Tweet after the wreck, assuring everyone she was ok and was set for surgery that would attend to her injuries.
Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into Surgery tomorow morning. Thanks to the @fia and @hwaag_official @MercedesAMGF1 who are taking great care of me.
Thanks to everybody for the Supporting messages.
— Sophia Floersch (@SophiaFloersch) November 18, 2018
Floersch’s car crashed into that of Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi, who was also assessed by officials and taken to hospital after reporting back pain. Two photographers and a race marshal were also taken to hospital for precautionary measures.
Absolutely terrifying stuff.