Sophia Florsch surgery 'went extremely well' says team principal following fractured spine
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 20/11/18 10:33am
Sophia Florsch's team principal says the Formula 3 driver's surgery after fracturing her spine went "extremely well" and has expressed confidence that she will return to racing.
Florsch sustained a spinal fracture in a horrific high-speed crash at the Macau Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 17-year-old German appeared to lose control of her Van Amersfoort Racing car as she approached a tight right-hand corner on lap four, with the vehicle becoming airborne before crashing into fences.
Florsch subsequently wrote on Twitter that she was "fine" and set for surgery the following morning.
And Van Amersfoort Racing owner Frits van Amersfoort told BBC World Service on Monday: "Everything is working and everything is in order.
"(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."
When asked if Florsch will return to racing, Van Amersfoort said: "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."