Sophia Florsch: F3 driver has "no fear of paralysis"

20-11-2018 11:06
by Bobby Vincent
Sophia Florsch: F3 driver has no fear of paralysis

Formula 3 driver Sophia Florsch's surgery went "extremely well", and it has been confirmed by her team principal that there is "no fear of paralysis".

Watch the crash here...

Florsch, who is just 17 years of age, fractured her spine in the extraordinary high-speed crash on Sunday in the Macau Grand Prix.

The doctors used bone from her hip to repair one of her vertebrae during the surgery - which lasted an incredible 10 hours!

Van Amersfoort Racing owner Frits van Amersfoort has updated the world about some good news regarding Florsch.

"Everything in working and everything is in order," said van Amersfoort to BBC Sport"(Paralysis) was the main fear. That's why the operation had to be done quite quickly because there was a danger it (her spinal cord) could be damaged.

"We are extremely happy that she is no recovering and that everything went extremely well. There's no fear of paralysis whatsoever."

Van Amersfoort estimated that she was travelling at 276kmh/171.6mph when colliding with Jehan Daruvala's rear.

Florsch's team principal was then asked if she would ever return to racing, and replied: "I'm quite sure that Sophia will - after some time of course. Luckily enough winter is now beginning so she will have time to recover and I'm quite sure that she'll be back.

"That's what the racing blood always does - coming back because this is the sport that we all love."

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