Former Top Gear Stig makes suggestion to BBC after horror Freddie Flintoff crash
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A former Stig on Top Gear has made a suggestion about the show's future after Freddie Flintoff's horrific crash.
A health and safety review into Top Gear is currently being undertaken by the BBC as the decision on what to do about the popular programme is yet to be announced.
Several former figures from the show have spoken out about the possible futures that lie ahead for Top Gear, and now Perry McCarthy, the very first Stig, has given his views on what could be done.
McCarthy was Stig number one, who wore a black helmet and racing overalls before leaving Top Gear with the show pretending he'd drowned after driving off the side of an aircraft carrier.
Speaking to GB News, McCarthy suggested that the show needed 'better procedures' in place due to the stunts the presenters sometimes had to go through.
He said: "So not to lose the thrill of good presenters on there - sure, you can have them go fast, but it would appear to me as if they're going to need better procedures there.
"Maybe from somebody from my background, even working with presenters to just say, 'Look guys, this is the wrong time, a wrong place to go quickly,' because something's happened in that accident.
"We've not been told about it, but judging by Freddie's injuries, it appears to me that the car has maybe gone upside down. And then it's a question of what kind of crash helmet was he using. Because I would never advocate going out with a half-face crash on it. It would always be a full-face crash helmet.
“I think it was a crash helmet situation with Freddie and sadly that is something I personally would have spotted from the outside."
Flintoff's injury is the latest in a line of incidents which have happened on the show when things have gone wrong.
Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson sustained injuries and said he'd been left in 'agony' after a stunt where he drove a lorry through a brick wall.
James May was hospitalised during a special episode of Top Gear set in the Middle East after falling and hitting his head in the desert.
And perhaps the most notorious accident on the show prior to Flintoff's was Richard Hammond's horror crash after a tyre on a jet-propelled car he was driving failed and he was rushed to hospital where he spent several weeks recovering.
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