Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch fractured her spine in a horrific crash during the Macau Grand Prix.
The 17-year-old, who drives with Van Amersfoort Racing, was admitted to hospital after losing control driving into a bend.
She hit the back of Jehan Daruvala and catapulted out of the track and into the photographers’ bunker. The race was immediately suspended.
Floersch later took to Twitter to provide an update on her condition.
“Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow morning,” she wrote.
“Thanks to the @fia and @hwaag—official @MercedesAMGF1 who are taking great care of me. Thanks to everybody for the supporting messages. Update soon.”
Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi was also taken to hospital, as were two photographers and a marshal.
F3 driver provides explanation
Floersch was being followed by Ferrari junior driver Guan Yu Zhou at the time. He says the crash was caused by yellow caution lights flashing on the straight.
“It was such a scary moment,” the Prema Powerteam driver said, per motorsport.com.
“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.”
Floersch was travelling at a speed of 276.2 km/h (171.6 mph) at the time of the incident, which occurred on lap four of the race.
Mercedes wrote on Twitter: “🙏 You’re one of the Mercedes Family @SophiaFloersch and we will be with you all the way. Stay strong 💪”.
Meanwhile, former world champion Nico Rosberg wrote: “Wishing you and everybody involved a quick recovery 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻”.