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Friday, 21 December 2018

'A miracle': Florsch details surviving horror F3 crash


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Forula 3 driver Sophia Florsch has revealed a “miracle” helped her survive her no infamous horror crash at the Macau Grand Prix last month.

Florsch fractured her spine after she lost control at 270km/h, hurtling through the air before she smashed into fencing and a photographers’ bunker.

The scenes stunned the world but what was more amazing was that the then 17-year-old survived the ordeal. She was airlifted to hospital and underwent a 17-hour surgery to repair broken bones in her spinal column.

Targeting a return to racing while she is in rehab, Florsch revealed she has the highest of aspirations; claiming the F1 championship.

Sophia Florsch

"Of course I hope to be back behind the wheel," she told the BBC. "The plans are to do the same series again as I did this year, the F3 European Championship.

"I'll see how it goes, but my goal is to get to F1 and have success there and maybe be world champion. It's quite a big goal but I'm getting closer every year and I think it's possible to be there, for sure, and to be a woman world champion.

"I just want to be the best driver. I think the woman part comes by itself."

Florsch was grateful to receive a swell of support from a host of F1 superstars in the wake of the accident, including Australian Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg.

Horror F3 crash shocks world

She also revealed that before the the moment of impact she didn’t believe the crash was going to look as horrific as it did.

"It probably is a miracle, but that's probably also the reason why I am happy and why I am normal. It happened quite fast - the top speed was 275kmph - but I can do nearly everything again so, for me, it's just to be happy and to continue to be positive.

"I remember everything from the crash. It felt just completely different for me because it just happened so fast.

"[It was when] I didn't have the control anymore because I lost my two side wheels because of the other driver, then you're just like 'OK, this is going to be a crash' but I never thought 'this is going to be a really bad crash'.

Sophia Florsch

"Even when I was in the hospital, for me, the crash wasn't so horrible.

"When I saw the video for the first time, I was like 'OK, this actually looks quite bad'.

"I watched it for the first time on the Friday after the crash, and of course I was also shocked because it doesn't look nice at all. It's really horrible. I didn't expect it to look that bad because, in the car, it didn't feel so horrible.

"So the flying [through the air] part, I remember, but it felt different. For me, it felt like sliding on the ground. I don't know if it's because it happened so fast, but it just felt the same.

"Of course, it was a little bit strange that I was landing on top of the barriers, but I didn't get it together, so I also didn't really think about what it happened."

Forula 3 driver Sophia Florsch has revealed a “miracle” helped her survive her no infamous horror crash at the Macau Grand Prix last month.

Florsch fractured her spine after she lost control at 270km/h, hurtling through the air before she smashed into fencing and a photographers’ bunker.

The scenes stunned the world but what was more amazing was that the then 17-year-old survived the ordeal. She was airlifted to hospital and underwent a 17-hour surgery to repair broken bones in her spinal column.

Targeting a return to racing while she is in rehab, Florsch revealed she has the highest of aspirations; claiming the F1 championship.

Sophia Florsch

"Of course I hope to be back behind the wheel," she told the BBC. "The plans are to do the same series again as I did this year, the F3 European Championship.

"I'll see how it goes, but my goal is to get to F1 and have success there and maybe be world champion. It's quite a big goal but I'm getting closer every year and I think it's possible to be there, for sure, and to be a woman world champion.

"I just want to be the best driver. I think the woman part comes by itself."

Florsch was grateful to receive a swell of support from a host of F1 superstars in the wake of the accident, including Australian Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg.

Horror F3 crash shocks world

She also revealed that before the the moment of impact she didn’t believe the crash was going to look as horrific as it did.

"It probably is a miracle, but that's probably also the reason why I am happy and why I am normal. It happened quite fast - the top speed was 275kmph - but I can do nearly everything again so, for me, it's just to be happy and to continue to be positive.

"I remember everything from the crash. It felt just completely different for me because it just happened so fast.

"[It was when] I didn't have the control anymore because I lost my two side wheels because of the other driver, then you're just like 'OK, this is going to be a crash' but I never thought 'this is going to be a really bad crash'.

Sophia Florsch

"Even when I was in the hospital, for me, the crash wasn't so horrible.

"When I saw the video for the first time, I was like 'OK, this actually looks quite bad'.

"I watched it for the first time on the Friday after the crash, and of course I was also shocked because it doesn't look nice at all. It's really horrible. I didn't expect it to look that bad because, in the car, it didn't feel so horrible.

"So the flying [through the air] part, I remember, but it felt different. For me, it felt like sliding on the ground. I don't know if it's because it happened so fast, but it just felt the same.

"Of course, it was a little bit strange that I was landing on top of the barriers, but I didn't get it together, so I also didn't really think about what it happened."

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