The Macau Grand Prix was paused after a freak accident occurred involving German young driver Sophia Flörsch.

The 17-year old was caught up in the midfield when on lap four the van Amersfoort driver was launched over the back of Sho Tsuboi’s car ahead of her. The approach speed of the Lisboa Bend – the first real braking zone of the lap – meant no speed was scrubbed off after previous contact with another car sending her Formula 3 machine almost over the catch at the outside of the corner, right into the direction of marshals and photographers.

The accident unfolded after she lost her wheels in another incident prior with another car causing Sophia to lose control. The airborne car came to a rest outside the track after colliding with a photographer’s booth.

No immediate information was released regarding Flörsch’s condition however it has been revealed from the organisers she is conscious. Tsuboi, two additional photographers and a marshal have also been transferred to hospital.

More details to come in due course.

Image via Federation Internationale de l’Automobile

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Luke McCullough

Melbourne Based - 17 Grand Prix attendances and counting in Australia, Singapore, Canada, France, Austria and Great Britain.