SOPHIA FLORSCH SURVIVES A CRAZY FORMULA 3 CRASHDate: 2018-11-20
There must have been times in your life when you've said to yourself, "Crap, that's not gone well," and this was probably one of those times for Formula 3 driver, Sophia Florsch.
At the Macau Grand Prix on Sunday 18 November 2018, Sophia Florsch went from 276km/h (171.6mph) to zero in less than a second. Her team principal, Frits van Amersfoort, said she had an "angel on her shoulder".
According to reports, Florsch, who is just 17, fractured her spine in the impact. On the fourth lap of the race, she lost control of her car after hitting the back of an opponent, Jehan Daruvala, which launched her over the curb and into another driver, Sho Tsuboi.
The impact from Tsuboi's vehicle "catapulted her car over the barrier and into an area occupied by marshals and photographers."
Van Amersfoort told reporters that the next 20 minutes were some "of the worst of my life".
In an interview with BBC Radio 5, the Dutchman said, "We got some information from social media while we were waiting at the door of race control but, when you look at those images, it is heartbreaking, so we were thinking of the worst.
"It took quite a long time before the race control could say anything about the health of Sophia – everyone can imagine, that's not a nice thing to have.
"I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. I haven't seen all accidents in motorsport but this was surely one of the worst I've ever seen.
"We were lucky that she was flying because she went over a barrier. If she had hit the barrier it would have gone a lot worse."
It wasn't just Florsch who was injured as her car smashed into an area reserved for photographers and marshals. According to the BBC, "Photographer Minami Hiroyuki was taken in with a concussion, while marshal Chan Cha In suffered a fractured facial bone and lacerations. The other photographer, Chan Weng Wang, had a liver laceration."
Tsuboi complained of back pain and was taken to the hospital too.
Check out the accident below, recorded from three different angles by spectators in the crowd.