Sophia Florsch: 'No fear of paralysis' for F3 driver after surgery

The scene at the accident site after Sophia Florsch, a German driver of Van Amersfoort Racing, flew over the barriers and crashed into a photographer' bunker at high speed
Track marshals and medics attend to Florsch after the high-speed accident

Formula 3 driver Sophia Florsch's surgery went "extremely well" and there is "no fear of paralysis", her team principal has told BBC World Service.

German Florsch, 17, fractured her spine in a high-speed crash at Sunday's Macau Grand Prix.

Doctors used bone from her hip to repair one of her vertebrae in the surgery, which lasted nearly 10 hours.

"Everything is working and everything is in order," said Van Amersfoort Racing owner Frits van Amersfoort.

"[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 now recovering and that everything went extremely well. There's no fear of paralysis whatsoever."

Florsch hit the back of Jehan Daruvala's car on lap four and then launched over the inside kerb into the car of Sho Tsuboi. That impact catapulted her car over the barrier and into an area occupied by marshals and photographers.

Van Amersfoort estimated she was travelling at 276kmh (171.6mph).

Asked if Florsch will return to racing, he added: "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 am quite sure that she will be back.

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

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