Sophia Floersch is recounting the crash that fractured her spine in November Macau’s Grand Prix.
Shortly after the second restart in the crash-marred event, Floersch ran into the back of 15th-placed Jehan Daruvala on the run to Lisboa corner and, after clipping the inside curb, collected the TOM’s entry of Sho Tsuboi. Floersch’s car was launched over Tsuboi’s, over the barrier and catch fencing at an estimated 172mph, landing in an area occupied by track marshals and photographers. One marshal and two photographers also sustained injuries.
Floersch and Tsuboi, who complained of back pain, were transported to hospital along with the injured marshal and photographers. Floersch was diagnosed with a spinal fracture and Tsuboi with “lumbar pain for future examination.”
The German F3 driver, who turned 18 on December 1, told ABC News the sequence of events began when she hit the right barrier – as she braced for what would become a monstrous ride through the air.
“I braked with my hands off the steering wheel and I went into the wall on the right side first, which turned me around so I went backwards at a quite high speed, so my speed measurement was 276 (kpm, or 172mph),” she said.
“And then I was just sliding backwards, and there were those big sausage curbs … and they actually made me fly. So I started flying because of them and I nearly hit another driver and then hit the fence, hit the house and was landing again.”
Two days after the crash and a day after an 11-hour surgery, Floersch was quick to tell supporters that she intended to resume racing as soon as possible. She reiterated to ABC News that she doesn’t plan to stay out of the car much longer.
“In the next weeks it’s gonna be to build up the body again, to build up the muscles again, to get the body working. I really hope to be back in the car again in February, beginning of March. Also the doctors say it could be possible.”