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Watching the horrific video of Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch's vehicle going airborne and slamming into a wall during the Macau Grand Prix on Sunday, it's hard to believe the German teen could have survived.But Floersch, who is only 17, did make it out of the crash alive, and she was even tweeting afterwards.

Doctors used bone from her hip to fix one of her vertebrae in the surgery, which lasted almost 10 hours.

"We reckon she was traveling at [172 mph] at the time."The Macau Grand Prix restarted an hour after the crash.Shortly after the crash, IndyCar driver Robert Wickens took to social media to support Floersch".

Running 16th, she lost control in a contact down the straight, launched off a kerb and bounced off Tsuboi's TOM's Racing vehicle.

Medics confirmed she underwent an 11-hour operation in in Macau, where the doctors deliberately worked slowly to avoid damaging her spinal cord. On the straightaway before the tight right turn, Flörsch had lost control of her auto in another incident, and as it slid out of control, it hit Tsuboi's auto as it negotiated the turn, sending Flörsch's vehicle airborne.

"The doctors say that if everything continues to progress satisfactorily that she will be in hospital in Macau for six or seven days before flying back to Germany".

"I am sitting at her side now and she's just happy the surgery is done".

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Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi, two photographers and a marshal were also taken to hospital for treatment.

"Thanks to everybody for the supporting messages".

An injured marshal, Chan Cha In, suffered a laceration of the face and a fractured jaw.

"I hope everybody's OK after this crash, I wish them the best recovery", said European champion Mick Schumacher, the son of stricken F1 legend Michael, according to the Post.

"After the serious incident today in Macau the FIA is mobilised to help those involved and analyse what happened", he said.

Team owner Frits van Amersfoort estimated she was travelling at 276kmh (171.6mph). "I don't think I've ever seen anything like this".

British rider Daniel Hegarty died previous year after hitting a barrier at Fishermen's Bend during the Macau Grand Prix's feature motorcycle race.

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