Saturday , July 24 2021

German driver broke his spine in an F3 accident

German teenager Sophia Floersch has broken her spine in a high-speed accident during a Formula 3 race in Macau but said she was "fine" from the hospital.

The 17-year-old driver lost control of his Amersfoort Van at just under 280km / hour on Sunday. His car crashed into fellow driver Sho Tsuboi before being thrown through the air and over the fence.

Floersch realized and was taken to the hospital, then tweeted that he would undergo surgery on Monday.

"Just want to tell everyone that I'm fine but will have surgery tomorrow morning," he said.

He added: "Thanks to everyone for supporting messages. Please update."

Officials said he suffered a spinal fracture. His father had previously told DPA that he could move his entire body.

Four other people were taken to the hospital, including Japanese driver Tsuboi, two photographers, and a marshal. All were aware and treated for various back, head and face injuries, the report said.

Floersch, who will turn 18 on December 1, competes in his first season in the F3 junior series. He lay in 15th place when the accident occurred on lap four of the road circuit.

The race continued after a break of about one hour and was won by 19-year-old Briton Daniel Ticktum.

Mick Schumacher from Germany, the son of Formula One, Michael Schumacher, who took part in the race, tweeted: "Our thoughts are with SophiaFloersch and the others injured, we hope for the best. (Hashtag) StayStrongSophia."

Formula 1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Nico Huelkenberg also posted messages on their Twitter accounts that want full recovery for Floersch, which has links to the Mercedes AMG F1 young driver program.

McLaren Alonso wrote: "All my thoughts are with Sophia Florsch after the accident in Macau. Let's hope to receive positive news soon! Stay strong."

Renault driver Huelkenberg said: "Just seeing horrible photos from Macau … my mind is with SophiaFloersch and other people involved. Stay strong !!"

The accident is being investigated by the FIA ​​motorsport federation, a federation official told DPA.

According to Chinese driver Guan Yu Zhou, who was driving behind Floersch, there was a yellow warning light on the right before the accident, which he said seemed to be "organizational error".

"Sophia is very close to Jehan Daruvala and when she hit the brakes, she did not have time to react," he said.

Floersch's car hit the tire behind the right of Daruvala's car before flying through the air to the fence on Lisbao's bend, he said.

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