Grand Tour in chaos after horror smash
14 June 2017 - 11:00 AM

Grand Tour in chaos after horror smash

ichard Hammond's horror car crash has wreaked havoc for "The Grand Tour".

The 47-year-old petrol head cheated death last week when his £2 million electric super car careered off a Swiss mountainside while he was travelling at 120mph and burst into flames but, although he managed to escape with a broken knee, the incident has meant filming for the second series of the motoring show has been thrown into chaos.

Richard's co-star Jeremy Clarkson wrote on DriveTribe: "Many of you have been asking if Hammond's broken knee will affect the filming for season two of the "Grand Tour" and the short answer is: yes.

"As I write, James May is sitting in the hell hole that is Gatwick Airport waiting for a budget airline to take him to a shoot that Hammond should have been doing.

"Meanwhile, 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.

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"Meanwhile, he is lying in a bed in the Swiss Alps, while pretty nurses attend to give his every need, and give him drugs."

The 57-year-old presenter's light-hearted jokes come just days after he revealed how his "knees turned to jelly" when he thought his friend had been in the fireball.

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He said: "I saw a plume of smoke. Fearful that the "off" may be quite serious, I urged the driver to get to the top of the hill as quickly as possible.

"I arrived maybe 30 seconds later and leaped out to see an inferno raging, maybe a quarter of a mile away, at the bottom of a hill.

"And as I stood there, waiting for news, it dawned on me that the burning car was not yellow, as the Aventador was. It was white. Hammond's Rimac had been white. And I can feel it now; the coldness. My knees turning to jelly. It was Hammond who'd crashed. I was joined at this point by James [May]. He was in a right old state, his arms waving frantically, his eyes wide. "Hammond's in there." He was screaming."

However, he breathed a huge sigh of relief when he was told that the journalist had managed to leap from the vehicle before it erupted into flames.

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