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A 17-year-old pilot and four other people injured in an accident at the Macau circuit

A 17-year-old pilot and four other people injured in an accident at the Macau circuit

A 17-year-old German driver lost control of her car and caused an accident that injured four other people at the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix.

As it was traveling at 200 km / h at the arrival of a curve, the Dallara Mercedes of the pilot Sophia Flörsch hit a car, went over the security fences and destroyed a photographers booth, before falling into an area where it was they found track marshals. The race was interrupted four laps after starting.

«I want to let everyone know that I am fine and that I will have surgery tomorrow morning. Thank you for your messages of support ”, tweeted a few hours after the terrible accident the German Van Amersfoort Racing team.

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Flörsch suffers a “spinal fracture” and his condition is “stable”, according to a medical statement from his team.

A miracle in view of the images, recorded by the many spectators installed on the Lisbon curve, the steepest and most well-known of the circuit. The videos show how the car, of which Sophia Flörsch lost control, rises at full speed.

“After today’s serious accident in Macau, the FIA ​​mobilized to help the people involved and analyze what happened,” FIA President Jean Todt wrote in a tweet. “We are going to study the situation and draw the necessary conclusions,” he concluded.

The other four injured were admitted “conscious” to a hospital, according to the International Automobile Federation (FIA). They are the other pilot involved in the accident, Sho Tsuboi, and two photographers and a track commissioner, who has a broken jaw.

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The Macau Grand Prix has seen three fatal accidents in recent years.

In November 2017, the British rider Daniel Hegarty died after losing control of his motorcycle and hitting a barrier on the circuit with force.

In 2012, the Portuguese motorcyclist Luis Carreira and the Hong Kong motorist Phillip Yau died in accidents that occurred during the classifications of their respective tests. AFP

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