Macau Grand Prix organisers have confirmed that Sophia Floersch is conscious and has been transferred to hospital following a terrifying accident that stopped the race.
The German was launched into the air and over the crash barriers after striking the TOM’s car of Sho Tsuboi at Lisboa Bend, having lost her wheels in a crash further up the long straight before the tight right hander.
Floersch’s car went through debris fencing and struck a photographer’s bunker before landing back on its wheels.
A statement from the organisers said that both Floersch and Tsuboi were concious and had been taken to hospital.
Three further individuals, two photographers and one marshal, were also involved in the accident, with them also being transferred to hospital.
The race was restarted following a delay of more than one hour to attend to the individuals involved in the accident as well as repair the fencing.
In the motorsport article one of the drivers said a local yellow - possibly false from the trackside lighting.Shakeman wrote: ↑Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:46 pmThere are so horrendous slo-mo videos on YT that I won't post but people were very seriously injured in this accident.
The driver, has a fractured spine and one track marshal was hit by one of the fence uprights in all 5 taken to hospital.
There's no footage of what caused the accident up the road, some are saying brake failure or a tap with another car.
The way information has come out is normally an indication of the severity of the injuries. With Wickens the information was that the spinal injury was serious but there was nothing more for weeks - in this case they are reporting she was talking to paramedics about back pain then immediately the press release says that it's a fracture. Likewise the marshals and photographers they are reporting the injuries. Not that it's not serious, but it sounds like a more positive outcome than other incidents.Ferrari junior Guan Yu Zhou, who was following Floersch at the time of the accident, explained that it was due to yellow caution lights flashing on the straight.
“First of all it was such a scary moment,” said the Prema Powerteam driver, who was making his way through the pack after a crash in the qualification race and an engine change relegated him to 28th and last on the grid.
“Coming after Mandarin [the preceding right-hand kink], I saw the yellow, but I think it was just a mistake by the organisers’ station.
“Sophia was really close to Jehan, so when Jehan braked early she had no time to react.
“She hit Jehan’s right-rear, and that spun her around straight into Lisboa, and she flew into the other car.
“I just hope she’s OK.”
Sophia was lucky that her head appear to pass through the gap in camera platform but even so that was a significant acceleration to the body. I think it's positive no one lost their life but a 17 year old with a spine fracture is far from good. Apparently she is having surgery tomorrow and I hope she has the best possible outcome.
Dumpster sounds so much more classy. It's the diamond of the cesspools.
She lost 2 wheels and was skidding along on the floor with very little retardation. Floersch's team are saying if she had hit the 'safety' barrier things would've been far worse, quite a staggering admission that Macau is an unsafe circuit as many have said over the years. In what world can it be safer for everyone if the car is catapulted over the safety barrier into a camera tower?Manoah2u wrote: ↑Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:46 am
the story of 'accidental' yellow doesn't add up to me. it may have happened, but if you compare the speed of the rest of the cars, and then see her speed, then she was just way too fast. as if everybody came through a chicane and she just came flying in from a total straight full on.
Isn't that why the difference in velocity was so high?? The car ahead braked early for this phantom yellow and she didn't - can't slow the car when it's flying backwards through the air. It's not her reporting that from the racing driver excuse handbook - it was another competitor.Manoah2u wrote: ↑Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:46 amthe story of 'accidental' yellow doesn't add up to me. it may have happened, but if you compare the speed of the rest of the cars, and then see her speed, then she was just way too fast. as if everybody came through a chicane and she just came flying in from a total straight full on.
Such an incident is never good no matter what age. However, at that age you still have more vitality to have a higher chance to recover fully from it.Shakeman wrote: ↑Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:40 pmI think it's positive no one lost their life but a 17 year old with a spine fracture is far from good. Apparently she is having surgery tomorrow and I hope she has the best possible outcome.