17-year-old German driver Sophia Floersch was involved in arguably the most insane crash you will ever see over the weekend at the 2018 Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix. And as amazing as the video of the crash is, what’s significantly more amazing is that, according to several reports, everyone involved in it is going to live.
As the rest of the field was slowing down for a tight right-hand turn, Floersch went flying by at around 171 miles-per-hour, according to speed-trap data, clipping the car of Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi, and being LAUNCHED like a rocket into the catch fence before coming to a stop when the car hit a structure and came to rest in a photographers’ bunker.
Floersch was reportedly conscious the entire time and was taken to the hospital with a spinal fracture, later tweeting that she was okay and would undergo surgery on Monday.
Four other people were reported injured as a result of the crash. Driver Tsuboi was taken to the hospital with back pain, while a marshal suffered facial lacerations and a fractured jaw, and two photographers were also injured, one with a concussion and one with a laceration to his liver.
After the crash, Floersch’s car owner Frits van Amersfoort told the BBC, “It was nearly a rocket. Surviving was incredible. We reckon she was travelling at 276km/h (171.6mph) at the time.”
“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,” the Dutchman told BBC Radio 5 live.
“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.”
Former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button and 3-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti were among those sending along their well-wishes following the crash.