Sophia Floersch has tweeted to say that she is ‘fine’ after a horrific crash at today’s Macau Grand Prix.
The German driver lost control of her Van Amersfoot Racing car as she was racing towards a tight right-hand corner on lap 4 in the race in Macau.
It appears that she clipped the kerb and became airborne and hit driver Sho Tsuobi at breathtaking speed before crashing into a stand full of photographers and then landing back down on her wheels.
She was clocked at driving around 277kmph as the incident happened, and it is incredible that she survived the impact of the horrific crash, which looked like a stunt on a film set, not a real-life incident.
An accident report which was published after the race stated that she was conscious and stable after the incident, but has suffered a spinal fracture.
A report on the FIA website detailed what happened, stating: "A serious incident has occurred on lap 4 of the 2018 FIA World Cup at Macau involving car #25 Sophia Floersch. Following evaluation by the medical staff, the driver is conscious and has subsequently been taken to the hospital for further evaluation."
Tsuobi was also admitted to hospital after the incident, with lumbar pain and has been kept in for further examination.
Floersch herself tweeted later in the day, thanking her team and the messages of support in the wake of the incident and that she would provide an update on her condition in the coming days.
Since her update, she has received a groundswell of supportive messages on Twitter, with racing fans shocked and concerned for her wellbeing after the crazy episode.
Jay Saward, an F1 writer, also provided an update on the others that were hurt in the incident
“The others involved include a marshal Chan Cha In, who suffered facial lacerations, a broken jaw plus an abrasion to his "upper abdomen wall".
"A photographer Chan Weng Wang suffered a laceration to his liver and Japan's Minami Hiroyuki suffered a concussion.”
This crash shows the perils of motorsport, but also a testament to the levels of safety in the sport that the driver and nobody else was killed.
Everyone here at GiveMeSport wishes all the people involved a very speedy recovery.