17-year-old Formula 3 driver rushed to hospital after terrifying crash
F3 driver, Sophia Floersch, has been taken to hospital after being involved in a frightening crash at the Macau Grand Prix yesterday.
The 17-year-old's vehicle spiralled out of control when on a tight bend, and she collided with the TOM's Dallara-Toyota, which was being driven by Japanese racer, Sho Tsuboi.
Tsuboi's vehicle hit the kerb, and the impact caused Floersch's car to launch over the barrier and into the photographers section.
According to the BBC, the German national has been taken to hospital with a fractured spine, but encouragingly, her team, Van Amersfoort Racing, have issued a statement saying that she is "conscious and stable."
Five F3 players have been injured as a result of the crash. Tsuboi, the driver Floersch collided with, is suffering from back pain, and two photographers and a marshal have been admitted to hospital with different injuries.
Per Autosport - who cited a medical report from the race organisers - photographers Chan Weng Wang and Minami Hiroyuki have been diagnosed with a liver laceration and a concussion respectively, while marshal, Chan Cha, is having to contend with a "fractured facial bone and lacerations."
Floersch has since taken to Twitter to update her fans, and to announce that she will be undergoing surgery today.
"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," she wrote. "Thanks to everybody for the Supporting messages. Update soon."
We wish Sophia a speedy recovery.