Wednesday 19 December 2018

VIDEO: Five injured in Macau Grand Prix horror crash that leaves driver Sophia Floersch with 'spinal fracture'

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Five people have been injured following a huge crash at the Macau Grand Prix after an airborne Formula 3 car struck and cleared a perimeter fence.

Sophia Florsch, of Van Amersfoort Racing, lost control of her car after a collision with Jehan Daruvala heading towards the Lisboa bend, careering into another driver - Sho Tsuboi - before being launched into the air.

Both drivers, two photographers and a marshal were taken to Conde S. Januário hospital with all reported to be conscious.

A statement from Van Amersfoort Racing said 17-year-old Florsch has been diagnosed with a spinal fracture. Florsch later tweeted that she is "fine" but will have an operation on Monday morning.

Race organisers confirmed: “Five individuals were involved in the accident at Lisboa bend. All were conscious during transit to the hospital and are now receiving medical treatment: Two drivers, two photographers and one marshal. Further updates will be provided as soon as possible.”

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The Lisboa corner, the third on the circuit, comes at the end of a straight where cars reach speeds of more than 160mph.

This is the 65th Macau Grand Prix, a street circuit known to be challenging because of its high-speed straights and tight corners. The race was delayed following the crash.

This is Florsch's first season in F3 racing, claiming one point from 21 races so far.

Nico Rosberg, the former Formula 1 world champion, was among those to send best wishes on Sunday morning: "Just saw the horrible pictures from Macau... my thoughts are with @SophiaFloersch and the other people involved. Stay strong !!"

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