A Formula 3 driver suffered a spinal injury Sunday when she was involved in a scary crash at the Macau Grand Prix.
Sophia Floersch, 17, is set to undergo surgery Monday for the injury she sustained in the crash. Her car went airborne during the road course event after she clipped Sho Tsuboi’s car on lap four.
“Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow (Monday) morning ... Update soon,” the German racer tweeted.
Floersch suffered a spinal fracture, according to a medical report released by her team Van Amersfoot Racing.
“The whole world saw what happened and we can only thank God that @SophiaFloersch escaped with relatively light injuries,” Van Amersfoot Racing tweeted. “Our thoughts go also to the other people involved and we wish them a speedy recovery.”
Video on social media showed her vehicle hurtling through the air after she appeared to clip Tsuboi’s car. Floersch then went airborne and flew into the catch fence, hit a structure and landed on the ground. Emergency personnel were on the scene immediately.
Racing officials issued a red flag, which delayed the race for more than an hour.
Floersch “is conscious and has subsequently been taken to hospital for further evaluation,” FIA, the sport’s governing body, said in a statement.
Tsuboi reportedly suffered lumbar pain in the accident. Two media members and a race marshal were also hospitalized with unspecified injuries, the FIA said.