A German teenager currently remains hospitalized following an awful car crash during a Formula 3 race that took place this weekend, according to a report by People.
In a clip from the race that was shown on Good Morning America, Floersch was shown speeding backward in her vehicle, just before crashing into the media section of the audience during her race on Sunday. The 17-year-old driver was traveling at 171 mph while competing in the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix in Macao, China, according to the report.
Floersch retained consciousness throughout the ordeal. Her racing team, Van Amersfoort Racing, released an image of Floersch’s medical report on Twitter. Said report revealed that she had suffered a spinal fracture in the crash.
Floersch was also able to communicate with her undoubtedly worried fans, reaching out on Twitter in the hours following the crash, writing, “Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into Surgery tomorow [sic] morning. Thanks to the @fia and @hwaag_official @MercedesAMGF1 who are taking great care of me.”
The teenage race-car driver went on to add, “Thanks to everybody for the Supporting [sic] messages. Update soon.”
The crash left five people injured. Racing organization FIA released a statement on Facebook following the incident, reading, “The driver of car #31 Sho Tsuboi (JPN), as well as two members of the media and one marshal, were also transferred to a local hospital in a conscious state for further evaluation.”
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Van Amersfoort Racing also released a statement in the aftermath, saying, “Today was a very difficult day for our team at the #MacauGP. The whole world saw what happened and we can only thank God that @SophiaFloersch escaped with relatively light injuries.”
The Twitter message continued as the racing team said, “Our thoughts go also to the other people involved and we wish them a speedy recovery.”
FIA President Jean Todt also took to Twitter to give his own personal response, pledging that the FIA will dedicate themselves to offer all assistance required in helping those involved — as well as launching a full investigation as to what caused a crashed of such extremity. Todt also offered up his thoughts and prayers to Floersch, and all others who were injured, wishing them a swift recovery.
It appears that the accident was triggered when Floersch hit the racecar of fellow driver Jehan Daruvala. Driver Guan Yu Zhou, who was also competing in the race, told MotorSport.com that “Sophia was really close to Jehan, so when Jehan braked early she had no time to react. She hit Jehan’s right-rear, and that spun her around straight into Lisboa, and she flew into the other car.”