Macau - The painkillers were wearing off last night and Sophia Florsch felt every ache left by the 11 hours of surgery that followed her horrific crash in Macau on Sunday.
But the good news was that the 17-year-old German racing driver had been saved from paralysis by a team of doctors working a long shift inside the local hospital.
At her bedside was father Alex, who, speaking to Sportsmail by telephone, relived the horrifying moments of uncertainty he endured when his daughter’s accident brought a halt to the Formula Three race.
Four laps into the Macau Grand Prix, Florsch hit the back of rival Jehan Daruvala’s car. That launched Florsch over the inside kerb into the car of Sho Tsuboi. This impact then catapulted her some 12 feet into the air, through the safety fence at 275km/h and into a temporary photographers’ platform with marshals standing in front of it.
Florsch’s team boss Frits van Amersfoort - of Van Amersfoort Racing - said she must have had "an angel on her shoulder" to have survived the impact as a gasping crowd feared the worst.