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Jeremy Clarkson Questions Richard Hammond's Driving Ability After His Crash

Jeremy Clarkson Questions Richard Hammond's Driving Ability After His Crash

The dust has well and truly settled on Richard Hammond's latest crash, and it's thankfully not in anyway as catastrophic as it could have been.

Initially the worst was feared as he wrote off the Rimac Concept One, an electric super car worth £2 million while competing in the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland.

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He was well enough to pull himself from the vehicle and then talk to people before being airlifted to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a fractured knee.

He's since posted a video from his hospital bed showing off his wounds and the fact he had to have metal implanted into his leg, as well as presenting a wheelchair which he "modded."

He begins the video from his bed: "Hello, and yes it's true - I've binned it... Again."

Credit: DriveTribe/Richard Hammond

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Therefore, the incident has clearly moved on enough for jokes to be made, as co-host of The Grand Tour Jeremy Clarkson has demonstrated.

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He joked that Hammond's driving skills are poor, if not non-existent, referencing many other times he has crashed, such as back in 2006 when he flipped a rocket car while filming for Top Gear.

"A few years ago Richard Hammond was asked to drive a car down a runway, and somehow he ended up on his head and then in a coma for a few weeks," Clarkson wrote in his column. "And now, having established he can't drive in a straight line, he has proved he can't drive round corners either.

"All he had to do was drive a small electric car up a Swiss hill, which he managed, but then somehow, on a left-hand bend after the finish line, he lost control, rolled down a bank and ended up in a hospital. Again.

"At this rate he will get to the point where he forgets how to get undressed at night. He'll put his clothes on in the morning and then assume they will be cut by paramedics at some point later in the day."

Apparently it's such a rare occurrence for The Hamster to make it round a race track unscathed, so much so he literally cannot recall him not crashing.

Pondering why it happens all the time, he wrote: "Maybe it's because he can't see over the steering wheel. Who knows?"

Back in 2006, when Hammond crashed at 288mph while trying to beat the land speed record, the jet engine propelled rocket car he was driving popped its front right tired, causing it to spin and flip off a runway, dragging him on his head at well over 200mph.

The presenter was rushed to hospital where for a long time it was very much touch and go. Thankfully he recovered, but for a period he had brain injuries, loss of memory, depression and difficulties with emotional experiences.

It goes without saying that it took much longer for it to become acceptable to joke about that incident - but now, more than ten years on, and Hammond much more proficient in crashing than he is driving, it makes sense that his closest mates are ribbing him for it.

Featured Image Credit: Drivetribe/BBC

Topics: richard hammond, Crash, Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear

Mark McGowan

Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. In the past he blogged for independent football fan channel Redmen TV, after graduating from Staffordshire University with degrees in journalism and English literature. He has worked on campaigns such as UOKM8? and IIOC.