The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond finally speaks up about his memories of the car crash
Richard Hammond has finally spoken out about his horrific car crash in Switzerland, admitting he thought he was going to die.
The Grand Tour star was airlifted to hospital earlier this month, after losing control of a Rimac Concept One electric car. Hammond had been taking part in the famous Hemberg time trial while filming for the show in Switzerland, with his co-stars Jeremy Clarkson and James May.
His friend and co-star Jeremy Clarkson has already given his own account of the ordeal. However, Richard has now posted a video to DriveTribe detailing the crash from his perspective. Recalling the terrifying incident, the presenter said: “I was aware that I was up high, and that inevitably the car was going to come down.
“And yeah of course there was a moment of dread – ‘Oh God, I’m going to die’.
“And also I was aware that the car was taking just such a beating. I mean if you look at those craters, that’s a big hole that’s just impact and it looks like the thing has been dropped from space to leave a whole that big.”
He continued: “I was thinking, ‘Yeah, I can’t make this.’
“You’re aware of tumbling – sky, ground, sky, ground, sky, ground, sky, ground.
“I do remember saying to them, ‘Drag me by my arms not my legs because I think I’ve broken that leg.'”
Clarkson recently revealed the crash may delay the release of The Grand Tour season two, which was originally expected to land on Amazon Prime this October.
“Many of you have been asking if Hammond’s broken knee will affect the filming for season two of The Grand Tour,” he wrote on DriveTribe. “And the short answer is: yes.”
He continued: “I’ve been up since dawn, rewriting all of the scripts and ideas we had to accommodate the fact that Hammond can’t drive for the next few months.”