WATCH | Horrific F3 crash at Macau

Teenager Sophia Floersch injured after car flies over barriers at over 270km/h

19 November 2018 - 10:07 By Reuters
Race personnel and pit crew at the accident site after Sophia Floersch, a German driver of Van Amersfoort Racing flew over the barriers and crashed into a photographers' bunker at high speed during a Formula Three race at the Macau Grand Prix in Macau, China on Sunday.
Race personnel and pit crew at the accident site after Sophia Floersch, a German driver of Van Amersfoort Racing flew over the barriers and crashed into a photographers' bunker at high speed during a Formula Three race at the Macau Grand Prix in Macau, China on Sunday.
Image: Mai Shangmin/CNS

German 17-year-old Formula Three driver Sophia Floersch has sustained a spinal fracture following a huge accident at the Macau Grand Prix, her team said on Sunday.

The Van Amersfoort Racing driver lost control into the Lisboa bend before flying over the barriers and into a photographers' bunker at high speed. 

Floersch was catapulted off the track after hitting the back of one car and shunted over another while travelling at more than 275km/h on the tight street circuit.

The teenager was conscious when taken to hospital in the former Portuguese colony from where she tweeted that she was "fine" and would undergo surgery on Monday.

"Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow morning," she wrote on Twitter. "Thanks to the @fia and @hwaag_official @MercedesAMGF1 who are taking great care of me. Thanks to everybody for the supporting messages. Update soon."

Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi, who she crashed into, was taken to hospital with back pain. Race organisers confirmed two photographers and a marshal were also in hospital.

Pole-sitter Daniel Ticktum was leading the race when it was stopped. 

"After the serious incident today in Macau the FIA is mobilised to help those involved and analyse what happened," International Motorsport Federation (FIA) president Todt tweeted. "We will monitor the situation and make the necessary conclusions."

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