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Sunday 15 September 2019

German teenager vows to return to racing following horror Formula 3 crash

GERMANY'S Sophia Florsch has vowed to return to racing following the horror crash that fractured the teenage Formula 3 driver's spine.

Florsch (17) needed an 11-hour operation following the high-speed crash at the Macau Grand Prix on Sunday in which her car flew through the air before smashing into a fence.

Van Amersfoort Racing owner Frits van Amersfoort allayed fears with an update yesterday revealing there was no danger of Florsch being left paralysed, and she is already thinking of returning to the sport.

Writing on her Facebook page, Florsch said: "I survived the operation which took 11 hours well. Hope from now on it only gets better. I have to stay a few more days in Macau until I'm transportable.

"I want to thank all of my fans for every single get-well wishes, which I now start reading. This really motivates me and gives me courage. My thoughts are also with everyone who was involved in the accident. I hope everybody is healthy.

"At the accident were really nice people, which I still have in my mind. Thank you for all the encouraging, calming words in these tough minutes in my car. A real big thanks to the medical staff here in Macau for the friendly and professional treatment.

"A huge thank you to the local @FIA rescue-team, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, HWA AG, the FIA organisation and their medical team in the background and the Macau Organisation, who support me in the best way.

"Also a special thanks to Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli and last but not least my Team Van Amersfoort Racing, Facu and Ferdinand, who all suffer with me - you are phenomenal. I'm going to come back! (By the way) Dallara built a very good chassis."

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