It was the accident everyone in the international motorsport was talking about. Yes, even people who are normally not looking forward very much to racing cars let for a moment the jaw rest on his knees in disbelief and shock over the wild seconds in Macau.
the 17-year-old Sophia Flörsch flew through the air with 275 kilometres an hour and broke his back.
And it was cheap got rid. For there was not much car left of the Formula 3-car.
Subsequently, she had to go through a 11 hours-long operation and a break with the rehabilitation of four months.
She lost seven kg of muscle in the period and felt with their own words like a granny in the gym.
But Flörsch came back. On something that must be record time for that kind of accidents.
It is one and a half years of the time since the violent incident, and Flörsch says that she pretty much never think of it. Only when journalists ask for it.
- If I saw the tv clip, I would still not believe that it is me who is flying there, because how it felt not, as I found myself in the car.
- It feels like being a very long time ago. Apart from the interviews think and I'm not talking really about and about it more, she says to CNN.
Employees at the track in Macau scramble to get Sophia Flörsch free of her races 18. november 2018, after the violent crash. Photo: Mai Shangmin/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix
In 2019, she participated in the Formula Regional European Championship and finished an overall seventh place finish.
It earned him no awards for the pure sporting results, but by 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards she received the prize for the ’World Comeback of the Year’.
And earlier in the year it was published, she was the first woman ever to run in the international edition of the Formula 3, which was established after the GP3 and the european F3 merged in 2019.
It was however in coronapandemien put everything and everyone to the wall.
She also had to have been a part of the first purely female trio at Le Mans since 1991. However, it is also parked back in the garage.
It annoys the Sophia Flörsch that she can get so much attention. Not because of the accident, but because she is a woman and works in a world where mostly men dominate.
- It is not about having bigger muscles. There are several factors that come into play. Women can do the same, and women can drive a car just as fast as men – and run it to the limit in the same way.
Sophia Flörsch caught at Monza in march 2019. Just four months after the accident. Photo: Luca Bruno/AP/Ritzau Scanpix
Sophia Flörsch will be interviewed in February in Berlin ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards. Photo: Boris Streubel//Ritzau Scanpix
she says She often encounters resistance – solely on the basis of her sex, because she often is the first woman to make your or dat.
- I hear often that ’you are a woman, you're never’. But it motivates me even more.
- One of the biggest challenges as a woman is that it is difficult to find companies who believe in you, who trust in that you can beat the men, and thus get the same chances and opportunities.
Fewer funds to work with makes that she gets fewer chances and fewer tools in its training and ability to compete with the other sex on equal terms.
- It is the completely the same with tennis. If Rafael Nadal gets two hours of training on a track, but Novak Djokovic gets ten hours, so it is clear that Djokovic will make it better.
- We need brands that believe in women and who dare to take some risks, she says.
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