But let’s return to her childhood. It all began with a motocross bike, a gift given to her by her parents. Sophia’s father, who back then raced go-karts as a hobby, was keen for her to try out four wheels as well as two. But the go-karting centre was too loud for the four-year-old. It wouldn’t be until later, when an older friend of hers took up racing, that Sophia felt the lure of the track. By the age of 14, she knew: racing was what she wanted to dedicate herself to.
What is it about the sport that fascinates her? “You have to be able to take the car to its limits and can’t shy away from risky manoeuvres,” she explains. “To drive the fastest lap, you have to – in each curve – brake as late as possible, achieve the perfect turn-in point, drive the ideal line, step on the gas as soon as possible, enter the curve with enough speed. And there are anywhere from nine to 20 curves per lap. It comes down to tenths and hundredths of seconds.” And she knows to get these out of her car.
Flörsch was still at school when she entered Formula 4 in 2016. Since then, racing has been not only her hobby, but also her job. And since graduating from secondary school two years ago, she has been able to focus fully on driving as a profession.
And it is a profession that requires exceptional commitment on a daily basis, be it during strength, endurance and reaction training, when driving in a simulator, during race training, or on race weekends. Her career is a family matter. Sophia’s father, Alexander, who together with her mother used to run a real estate agency for commercial properties, now dedicates himself to managing his daughter’s sponsors and travel arrangements. He is sometimes also in charge of driving to the supermarket to get gummy bears for everyone, like on the day of our photoshoot at the go-karting track. At some point, Sophia’s younger sister may also assume a role in the family’s “World Champion” enterprise.