VIDEO: Australian photographer almost wiped out in horrific smash

 Hong Kong-based Australian photographer, Christiaan Hart was one of five photographers inside a photographers’ viewing box when 17-year-old Formula 3 driver, Sophia Floersch crashed, went airborne, and then slammed directly into it in a terrifying crash at the Macau Grand Prix on Sunday.

Floersch was going more than 275km/h at the time of the crash, miraculously surviving the impact. She later underwent surgery after being diagnosed with a spinal fracture. Also injured in the incident were two photographers, another driver, and a race marshal, all of whom were hospitalised. Hart was uninjured.

A tweet from Sophia Floersch
A tweet from Sophia Floersch.

In an interview with PetaPixel, Harrt said: “Everything happened so fast, the sound was horrific. One minute you are shooting the next thing we were all picking ourselves up off the floor, the impact threw us down, camera gear and bags were all over the place.” Hart commented that thankfully the structure was built strong enough to withstand the impact, and did its job. “It was a total mess inside. I believe it also saved Sophia’s car from ending up over another fence into the building behind.” Asked whether he’d shoot from the same position again, Hart said: “After witnessing this, I would definitely think twice about shooting from that position.”

The horrific incident from another angle:

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