Did you expect Clarkson to be sympathetic?
Richard Hammond had us all worried when the news broke that he was involved in another serious crash. As you no doubt already know, he rolled over a Rimac Concept One electric supercar while filming for the second series of The Grand Tour at a hill climb circuit in Switzerland. Fortunately, he survived the crash with relatively minor injuries. The Grand Tour presenter has since given his own account of the accident, and it sounds terrifying. Naturally, his wife wasn't impressed that he’s now had two near-fatal crashes in his TV career.
Predictably, his co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson couldn’t resist mocking his driving skills. Writing for The Sunday Times, Clarkson compared Hammond’s latest accident with the infamous jet-powered drag car crash on Top Gear that left him in a coma over 10 years ago. “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,” he wrote. “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 off by paramedics at some point later in the day.” He went on to say that he couldn’t think of any race track Hammond hasn’t crashed on, recalling incidents involving a Noble M600 at Imola, a Porsche 911 GT3 RS at Virginia International Raceway and a Jaguar F-Type at Mugello. And not forgetting the time he trashed a BMW in the middle of the night during the trio’s first 24-hour race on Top Gear.
“Maybe it’s because he can’t see over the steering wheel. Who knows?” Clarkson has been critical about electric cars in the past, but he seems to be utterly smitten with the revolutionary Rimac Concept One, describing it as “amazing.” “I had only a brief time behind the wheel and simply could not believe how fast it accelerated. We are not talking here about a car that’s as fast as a Lamborghini Aventador. It’s massively faster than that. It’s faster than anything else I’ve driven, by a huge, huge margin.” High praise indeed. It’s a shame, then, that there are now only seven Rimac Concept Ones left after Hammond crashed a customer example.