Dragon would like to congratulate the HiTechGP team and its three drivers Jake Hughes, Enaam Ahmed and Charles Leong for their participation in the F3 Macao grand prix. For local lad Charles Leong this was the first time he raced in his home country and I'm sure it was a monumental achievement for the young driver to race this circuit.
Dragon would also like to wish Sophia Flörsch and the media team members after the horrific crash she suffered leaving the track on Lisboa bend. We are glad to hear they are stable and on the road to recovery.
The FIA has since released a brief statement: “A serious incident has occurred on lap 4 of the 2018 FIA F3 World Cup at Macau involving car #25 Sophia Flörsch (GER). Following evaluation by medical staff, the driver is conscious and has subsequently been taken to hospital for further evaluation.”
Later the FIA website crumbled under traffic pressure forcing them to revert to Facebook for updates and informed:
“As we are experiencing technical difficulties with FIA.com – please see below the statement regarding incident in FIA F3 World Cup at Macau: A serious incident has occurred on lap 4 of the 2018 FIA F3 World Cup at Macau involving car #25 Sophia Flörsch (GER). Following evaluation by medical staff, the driver is conscious and has subsequently been taken to hospital for further evaluation.”
And added the following update: “The driver of car #31 Sho Tsuboi (JPN), as well as two members of the media and one marshal, were also transferred to a local hospital in a conscious state for further evaluation.”
The race was immediately red flagged for the second time, earlier there was a multiple car pile-up that required the track to be cleared.
Shortly after the second restart Florsch appeared to have lost control before Lisboa corner as her car is pictured travelling backwards, before launching over a rival’s car, flying through the fences and crunching into a temporary structure, in front of the Lisboa Hotel, on the outside of the corner where photographers and marshals were stationed.
Flörsch made her debut in Formula 3 this year at Zandvoort for the Van Amersfoort Racing.
Of the others injured, Joe Saward reports: “The others involved include a marshal Chan Cha In, who suffered facial lacerations, a broken jaw plus an abrasion to his upper abdomen wall. A photographer Chan Weng Wang suffered a laceration to his liver and Japan’s Minami Hiroyuki suffered a concussion.”