MACAU – Teenage driver Sophia Floersch underwent surgery on Monday for a vertebral fracture after a spectacular plane crash in the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.
The 17-year-old German tweeted on Sunday: "I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm fine but I'm going to surgery tomorrow (Monday) morning … Update soon."
Floersch has a spinal fracture, according to a medical report released by his team, Van Amersfoort Racing, based in the Netherlands.
"The whole world has seen what has happened and we can only thank God that @SophiaFloersch has escaped with relatively light injuries," wrote on Twitter Van Amersfoort Racing. "Our thoughts also go to the other people involved and we wish them a speedy recovery".
The video footage showed that Floersch seems to have scratched the Japanese driver's car Sho Tsuboi as he hurried off the track at high speed on a tight right-hand bend on the fourth lap. Floersch's car then crossed a fence, hit a structure on the perimeter and fell to the ground with security officers immediately on the spot.
The incident resulted in an immediate red flag and a delay of over one hour before the restart of the race.
In a statement published on social media, the FIA government sports authority stated that "the driver (Floersch) is conscious and subsequently taken to the hospital for further evaluation". He added that Tsuboi and "two media members and a marshal were also transferred to a local hospital in a conscious state for further evaluation."
Media reports said Tsuboi has lower back pain.
FIA president Jean Todt issued a statement on Twitter saying that the sports organizing body was "mobilized to help the people involved and analyze what happened.
"All my thoughts are with you @SophiaFloersch and the other wounded. I wish you a safe recovery."
Macau is a former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong.
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