HONG KONG: The head of the international motor sport team Jean Todt promised that the FIA will investigate the Sunday air crash at the Formula 3 Grand Prix in Macau, as a result of which 17-year-old German driver Sophia Floersch broke her spine.
Floersch was catapulted from the track in the photographer's bunk after hitting the back of one car and rolling over another while traveling at over 275 km / h (171 mph) on a narrow street circuit.
The teenager was conscious when she was taken to a hospital in a former Portuguese colony, from where she wrote that she was "okay" and that she would undergo surgery on Monday.
"Following a serious incident in Macau today, the FIA has been mobilized to help the people involved and analyze what has happened," said President Todt, president of the International Motorsport Federation (FIA).
"We will monitor the situation and draw the necessary conclusions."
The Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi, whom Floersch struck after the initial strike, was also taken to a hospital complaining of back pain, but the Macau Grand Prix Organizing Committee said in a statement that he had been discharged after the treatment.
The main medic with the Macau Grand Prix, Dr. Chan Wai Sin, said that two photographers and one marshal of the track were injured in a disaster and transported to the hospital for treatment.
Accidents often occur during the Macau Grand Prix, which this year, in its 65th edition, hosted six car and motorcycle races on the 6.2 km long Guia bypass around the streets of the island.
Last year, British motorcyclist Daniel Hegarty died after hitting the safety barrier during the race, the eighth driver who lost his life on the track since 1973.
Three motorcyclists were brought to the hospital after a disaster on the track this week, and British Andrew Dudgeon required a metal rod to be inserted into the spine after an accident in practice.
Dudgeon comes from the British Isle of Man, where in the last 120 years, 270 motorcyclists who competed on the TT island track were killed.
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; Edition: Amlan Chakraborty)