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Hong Kong - A 17-year-old female driver spent at least seven hours in surgery on Monday, after fracturing her spine in a horrifying crash at the Formula Three Macau Grand Prix.

Sunday's accident occurred during the Formula 3's Macau Grand Prix when Flörsch lost control of her Van Amersfoort vehicle at a speed of just under 280 kilometers per hour (174 miles per hour).

German driver Sophia Florsch's auto went through debris fencing and crashed into a photographers' stand before landing back on its wheels.

She took to Twitter to provide everyone on her condition and thank everyone for their support.

The FIA said in a Facebook post that the other driver, Sho Tsuboi, of Japan, was hospitalized for "further evaluation" after suffering back pain.

Everyone involved in the crash, including Floersch, Tsuboi, two photographers, and a marshal, was rushed to the hospital following the incident.

The president of the sport's governing body, the FIA, wished those injured well and promised his organisation would be investigating how the crash happened. The two photographers and the marshal, unfortunately, suffered more serious injuries and are now under observation.

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"Sophia was very close to Jehan Daruvala and as he braked early she had no time to react", he said.

The incident prompted an immediate red flag and a delay of more than an hour before the race was restarted.

Floersch is in her first season in Formula 3. "Then we'll see how the final will run, but I think everything is possible here".

"They are so safe nowadays, you can be pretty damn sure you're gonna walk away [from a crash]", Habsburg said.

"The auto was absolutely flawless all weekend, it was so good and I can't thank Motopark enough for that".

Ferrari junior driver Guan Yu Zhou explained what caused the horrendous crash.

"She was travelling like a rocket in her own auto".

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