Floersch crash speed confirmed by team

Monday, 19 november 2018, 07:28 , by Martin Macdonald

Sophia Floersch's team principal Frits van Amersfoort has revealed that the 17-year-old was travelling at speeds of up to 276km/h (171.6mph) when she was involved in a terrifying crash which left her with a fractured spine during the Macau Grand Prix Formula 3 race on Sunday.

The first turn of the race saw a melee of cars colliding which resulted in a safety car period, but the race would be given a red flag not long after when Floersch's car became airborne after crashing into Jehan Daruvala and then Sho Tsuboi at the Lisboa Bend.

Van Amersfoort shared his disbelief that his driver was able to survive at such high speeds.

"It was nearly a rocket. Surviving was incredible," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We reckon she was travelling at 276km/h (171.6mph) at the time."

Van Amersfoort described the 20 minutes immediately after the crash as "one of the worst of my life" and he labelled the crash as the scariest he has seen in his time in motorsport.

"We got some information from social media while we were waiting at the door of race control, but when you look at those images it is heartbreaking so we were thinking of the worst," Van Amersfoort continued.

"It took quite a long time before the race control could say anything about the health of Sophia - everyone can imagine that's not a nice thing to have.

"I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. I haven't seen all accidents in motorsport but this was surely one of the worst I've ever seen.

"We were lucky that she was flying because she went over a barrier. If she had hit the barrier it would have gone a lot worse."

MORE: Floersch update posted amid Macau crash recovery
MORE: VIDEO: Macau Grand Prix stopped after horror Sophia Floersch crash

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Comments (9)

  • Martin Elliott
    Its not the speed that causes injury, its the rate at which your stopped. Or the safety equipment and other track furniture, like the media shack she hit!! Indycar fences are designed to primarily protect spectators; Dan Wheldon's fatal injury was attributed to a safety fence post.
  • Jeff Brummer
    Wow. Incredible. She’s oh so lucky. Testament to chassis/tub design.
  • Todd Morrison
    imagine if she had to reverse park
  • Matt Boutell
    This is really gonna help women getting into racing
  • Jason Burkinshaw
    Simon Alton. Here’s how it happened
  • Philip Wilkinson
    Greg Wilkinson
  • Rene Ferre
  • Saimon Baldin Cruz
    Mariana Milanez

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