German Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch reportedly suffered a broken spine in a horrific, high-speed crash at the Macau Grand Prix on Sunday.
In the video below, the 17-year-old is seen losing control of her Van Amersfoort Racing car in the Chinese territory and flying over her competitors before slamming into the track fence.
German driver Sophia Florsch involved in major crash at the Macau Grand Prix, fracturing her spine and injuring 4 other people <a href="https://t.co/Has2zRB7WO">pic.twitter.com/Has2zRB7WO</a>
Initial reports stated Floersch was conscious and her vital signs were stable.
She later took to Twitter and thanked everyone for their support.
Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into Surgery tomorow morning. Thanks to the <a href="https://twitter.com/fia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@fia</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/hwaag_official?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@hwaag_official</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MercedesAMGF1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MercedesAMGF1</a> who are taking great care of me.<br>Thanks to everybody for the Supporting messages.<br>Update soon.
Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi was also involved in the crash and taken to hospital with pain in his lower back. Also injured were photographers Minami Hiroyuki and Chan Weng Wang, who are said to be dealing with a concussion and lacerated liver, respectively, while race marshal Chan Cha is believed to have cuts and a broken bone in his face.
Floersch reportedly lost control in contact down a straightaway as she sped towards the right hand corner, launched off a curb, bounced off Tsuboi's car and sailed like a missile into the safety netting.
Floersch's then smashed into a photographers bunker and landed on its wheels. The race, delayed for over one hour to repair the barrier and tend to the injured, was eventually won by 19-year-old Dan Ticktum of London.