Florsch vows to return to racing after horror crash

Ruben Hill
November 20, 2018

Florsch, who races for Van Amersfoort Racing, hit the back of Jehan Daruvala's auto on lap four of the F3 Macau Grand Prix, then launched over the inside kerb into the vehicle of Sho Tsuboi.

Sophia Floersch underwent a successful seven-hour surgery operation on Monday following the spinal fracture she suffered in a horrendous crash in yesterday's Macau Grand Prix.

"We are extremely happy that she is now recovering and that everything went extremely well".

Her social team also provided an update during surgery, saying doctors were "deliberately working slowly to avoid risks" and the operation was "without complications". Floersch's auto was launched over Tsuboi's, over the barrier and catch fencing at an estimated 172mph, landing in an area occupied by track marshals and photographers.

Floersch, Tsuboi, two photographers and a marshall were all injured in the crash.

According to Motorsport, Chinese photographer Chan Weng Wang will spend 10 days in hospital, having sustained a lacerated liver and race marshal Chan Cha will also remain under supervision with a broken jaw.

"Surviving was incredible", Frits van Amersfoort, the owner of Van Amersfoort Racing, Floersch's racing team, told the BBC.

Tsuboi and photographer Hiroyuki Minami have already been released from hospital.

In the opening laps of Sunday's Macau Grand Prix, Floersch, 17, hit a rival auto on the flat-out run down to Lisboa corner.

And Van Amersfoort is hopeful Floersch will be able to resume her racing career.

"Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow morning", she said.

Jean Todt, president of the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA), promised a full investigation.

"It was almost a rocket".

Van Amersfoort Racing's Floersch tweeted on Sunday that she was "fine" after the crash and thanked fans for their support.

He said: "I don't think I've ever seen anything like this".

"I hope everybody's OK after this crash, I wish them the best recovery", said European champion Mick Schumacher, the son of stricken F1 legend Michael, according to the Post.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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