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​Jeremy Clarkson Makes Revelation About Richard Hammond's Memory After Crashes

Jess Hardiman

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​Jeremy Clarkson Makes Revelation About Richard Hammond's Memory After Crashes

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been known to get into some slightly hairy situations, having hosted British car series Top Gear for over a decade together before moving on to The Grand Tour.




And it seems that the fast and furious lifestyle has taken its toll on them - having left Hammond with a particularly dodgy memory, according to Clarkson.

"You can tell him something and five seconds later it is gone out of his head," he said, The Mirror reports.

"Well, it is not his fault, it is because he cannot drive and he went upside down and damaged his brain.

"He has no capacity for remembering anything and some of it is because he is not interested in anything and some of it is because he has had brain damage."


It may sound like Clarkson's just taking the piss out of his mate, but it's a pretty sad to find out that there have been such lasting effects to Hammond's everyday life.

Hammond, 48, said: "Basically, what's gone wrong is I keep getting injured."

While Hammond has been involved in countless accidents behind the wheel, one of the biggest was back in 2006, when a 288mph crash left him in a coma for two weeks.

Another of his sketchiest crashes took place when he was filming for The Grand Tour in Switzerland - where the Hamster lost control of a £2 million Rimac Concept One, which barrel-rolled down a steep hill and burst into flames.


Speaking to Radio Times, he said: "I remember all of it, right from when maybe I was going too fast and went over the edge.

"Then sky, ground, sky, ground, like being in a tumble dryer full of bricks. I thought, 'Oh God, I'm going to die. This is it. I've had it'."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

He was rushed into hospital following the crash, where it was found that he had completely shattered his knee and had to undergo an operation. Miraculously, he didn't suffer any other serious injuries and took time out to recover.


Hammond, Clarkson and May's Top Gear successors also narrowly avoided serious injury this week, after the sports car they were driving set alight while the series was filming in Monte Carlo.

Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan were forced to quickly escape the £50,000 ($70,000) Renault Alpine A110 they were testing before it soon became a fiery wreck. Thankfully they managed to escape unharmed.

"I first realised I needed to get out when I opened the door and the flames went up my arm," Chris said as he commented on the incident. "Sadly the car was lost and it always makes me sad to see a beautiful car destroyed."

"Doing a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally was a dream come true for me," Eddie added. "The car was stunning - so light on its toes. It was dancing around the mountain and Chris was driving it beautifully.


"It's such a shame we didn't finish the test, but these things happen."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: uk tv, richard hammond, james may, Entertainment, TV and Film, The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear

Jess Hardiman
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