Teenaged race driver Sophia Floersch has escaped relatively unscathed from her dramatic crash at the Macau Grand Prix with her team confirming she has “no fear of paralysis”.
Floersch, 17, suffered a spinal fracture during Sunday’s when her car catapulted off the track and into a photographers’ bunker while travelling at more than 275 kph on the tight street circuit.
“Everything is working and everything is in order,” team boss Frits Van Amersfoort told the BBC on Tuesday morning.
“(Paralysis) was the main fear. That’s why the operation had to be done quite quickly because there was a danger it (the spinal cord) could be damaged.
“We are extremely happy that she is now recovering and that everything went extremely well. There’s no fear of paralysis whatsoever.”
Watch the shocking crash below:
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Floersch was conscious when taken to hospital in the former Portuguese colony, assuring her followers on Twitter that she was fine.
Jean Todt, president of the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA), promised a full investigation.
“After the serious incident today in Macau the FIA is mobilised to help those involved and analyze what happened,” he said. “We will monitor the situation and make the necessary conclusions.”
Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi, who Floersch collided with before flying through the catch fencing, was also taken to hospital complaining of back pain.
The Macau Grand Prix Organising Committee said in a statement he had been discharged after treatment.
Chief Medical Officer of the Macau Grand Prix, Chan Wai Sin, said two photographers and one track marshal were also injured in the crash and taken to hospital for treatment.
Crashes are frequent at the Macau Grand Prix which this year, in its 65th edition, hosted six car and motorcycle races on the 6.2-km Guia Circuit around the streets of the island.
Last year, British motorcyclist Daniel Hegarty died after hitting the safety barrier during a race, the eighth rider to have lost his life on the circuit since 1973.