FIA promises probe into Macau Grand Prix aerial crash


In a statement posted on social media, motor sport's governing body FIA said "the driver (Floersch) is conscious and has subsequently been taken to hospital for further evaluation".

The Macau Grand Prix was brought to a standstill during a Formula 3 race when German driver Sophia Floersch went flying through the air after a high-speed crash.

The driver of the auto she clipped, Sho Tsuboi, also crashed and was taken to hospital as were two photographers and a race marshal.

Floersh will undergo surgery on Monday morning after suffering from a fractured spine.

The result from the impact then launched her high into the air where she was catapulted into the debris fencing before her auto smashed into a photographers bunker and landed back on its wheels.

The driver of the other auto, Sho Tsuboi, also crashed and was taken to hospital, as were two photographers and a race marshal.

The marshal suffered a broken jaw, while another victim had abdominal pain from a lacerated liver, according to the medical reports. "Two drivers; two photographers and one marshal". Thanks to everybody for the Supporting messages.

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The accident is being investigates by motorsport federation FIA, a federation official told dpa.

The FIA "is mobilised to help those involved and analyse what happened", he tweeted.

The race continued after a break of around one hour and was won by 19-year-old British driver Daniel Ticktum.

Renault driver Huelkenberg said: "Just saw the awful pictures from thoughts are with (at) SophiaFloersch and the other people involved".

Crashes are frequent at the Macau Grand Prix which this year, in its 65th edition, hosted six vehicle and motorcycle races on the 6.2-km Guia Circuit around the streets of the island.

British rider Daniel Hegarty died a year ago after hitting a barrier at Fishermen's Bend during the Macau Grand Prix's feature motorcycle race.

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