After spectacularly crashing a Rimac Concept One supercar back in June, Richard Hammond has been left fearing for his health.
Hammond made his first red carpet appearance since coming off crutches at this week’s GQ Men of the Year awards, where he and his Grand Tour co-stars Jeremy Clarkson and James May took home the prestigious ‘TV Personalities of the Year’ award.
“I can’t run for 18 months and that’s how I keep fit,” Hammond said. “I’m 47 and it’s hard to keep the weight off so it will hit me hard if I can’t run.”
“They’ve told me I have to cycle – but I hate cyclists. We all hate cyclists.” – Richard Hammond
“I’m a 47-year-old man – I can’t be cycling along the street wearing a helmet,” he added.
We think Hammond might also be forgetting the fact that he once crashed a bicycle too, after his wheels got stuck in tram tracks during the Top Gear race across St Petersburg.
Richard was airlifted to hospital in Switzerland in July following a 120mph crash which left his Rimac Concept One burning at 1200 degrees. As well as being knocked unconscious, Richard suffered a fractured knee that required an operation.
Now, he admits he finds it difficult to secure insurance for his dangerous stunts. “It’s not easy. But it should be, because I obviously mend easily,” he says.
The trio were still filming the upcoming second series of the Amazon program when Clarkson contracted pneumonia while on holiday in Spain. Although nearly recovered, Richard joked that Clarkson is like a single celled organism, because “He repairs himself.”
Hammond also revealed that filming for The Grand Tour is still ahead of schedule despite the fact that both he and Clarkson have been ‘out of action’ for some time. “It didn’t impact at all,” he says. “We were ahead for my crash too so it actually evened it out.”