Filming for the second series of The Grand Tour has just become a little bit more difficult, following the horror car crash which landed presenter Richard Hammond in hospital.
Hammond crashed a £2m electric supercar last week in the Swiss mountainside while he was driving at 120mph, and although he escaped from the crash with a broken knee, it has put a question mark over filming of the second series of the show. Because he’s currently unable to drive.
Jeremy Clarkson wrote on DriveTribe: “Many of you have been asking if Hammond’s broken knee will affect the filming for season two of The Grand Tour, and the short answer is: yes.”
“As I write, James May is sitting in the hell hole that is Gatwick Airport waiting for a budget airline to take him to a shoot that Hammond should have been doing,” Clarkson said. “Meanwhile, I’ve been up since dawn, rewriting all of the scripts and ideas we had to accommodate the fact that Hammond can’t drive for the next few months.”
“Meanwhile, he is lying in a bed in the Swiss Alps, while pretty nurses attend to give his every need, and give him drugs.” – Jeremy Clarkson
Clarkson’s light-hearted jokes come just days after he revealed how his ‘knees turned to jelly’ when he saw the accident.
“I saw a plume of smoke. Fearful that the ‘off’ may be quite serious, I urged the driver to get to the top of the hill as quickly as possible,” he wrote. “I arrived maybe 30 seconds later and leaped out to see an inferno raging, maybe a quarter of a mile away, at the bottom of a hill.”
“And as I stood there, waiting for news, it dawned on me that the burning car was not yellow, as the Aventador was. It was white,” Clarkson added. “Hammond’s Rimac had been white. And I can feel it now; the coldness. My knees turning to jelly. It was Hammond who’d crashed. I was joined at this point by James May. He was in a right old state, his arms waving frantically, his eyes wide. “Hammond’s in there.” He was screaming.”
He went on to say that he discovered Richard was OK when a security guard said that Hammond had ‘winked’ at him, and meanwhile the man himself, writing from his hospital bed, revealed that he now had a ‘Swiss Army knee’ after undergoing surgery.