The world’s tightest race track caused one Formula 3 racer to go airborne in a horrific crash.
We’ve seen a few races end in some pretty bad ways, but modern technology and safer race tracks usually mean the driver gets to walk away with a few scrapes and bruises. Unfortunately, the Macau GP is one of those races still stuck in the ‘70s, with tight corners, narrow straightaways, and not nearly enough space between speeding cars and vulnerable pedestrians.
At last weekend’s Macau GP, German Formula 3 racer Sophia Flörsch went flying through the catchfence thanks to an earlier collision that made her lose control of both front tires.
Video capturing the event shows Sophia flying through the air around Lisboa corner while other Formula 3 cars are seen performing the turn with little room to spare. Meanwhile, Sophia’s slow-motion crash involves her flying backward through the catchfence, which tips her car skyward so that she slams into the camera building in a complete vertical with the top of her head impacting the steel siding.
After the crash, onlookers can be heard shouting in terror and concern, especially after seeing the massive dent left in the steel siding.
According to Jalopnik, Flörsch had struck Sho Tsuboi which caused her to completely lose her front wheels just moments before being sent into the air. Both drivers were conscious after the crash but were sent to hospital for treatment.
Flörsch was diagnosed with a spinal fracture after examination.
Later, Flörsch tweeted that she would undergo surgery to repair the fracture, writing “I am fine” in what could only be a massive overstatement.
Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into Surgery tomorow morning. Thanks to the @fia and @hwaag_official @MercedesAMGF1 who are taking great care of me.— Sophia Floersch (@SophiaFloersch) November 18, 2018
Thanks to everybody for the Supporting messages.
Surgery continued on Monday morning, with Flörsch writing in German that surgeons are proceeding slowly in order to minimize the chance of complications.
Aktuelle Zwischeninfo: Das Ärzte-Team arbeitet bewusst langsam, um Risiken zu vermeiden. Der bisherige OP-Verlauf sei gut und ohne Komplikationen. Die heute morgen begonnene OP dauert an. pic.twitter.com/3gHSCtFe4B— Sophia Floersch (@SophiaFloersch) November 19, 2018
Seeing the crash at full speed and from the audience’s angle is even more horrific than in slow motion.
Mijn god, hier de crash vanaf de tribune gefilmd. Pas op, schokkende beelden! Nogmaals: het is Sophia Floersch die is gecrasht in de Formule 3-race van Macau. De Duitse rijdt voor het Nederlandse team Van Amersfoort Racing. Hopelijk komt er snel een update! #F3 pic.twitter.com/HesSwYimWf— Rob van Gameren (@VanGamerenF1) November 18, 2018
This isn’t the first time tragedy has struck the Macau GP. Last year, a motorcycle racer died after crashing on the very same track.
Our best wishes go out to Flörsch during her surgery, and we hope she makes a full and speedy recovery.